Thursday
Dec092010

Game Ball From Historic Harlem Globetrotters 4-Point Shot Headed To The Hall Of Fame

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. to display historic memorabilia from basketball’s first-ever 4-pointer.

PHOENIX (Dec. 9, 2010) – History was made on Dec. 5, 2010, when basketball’s premier innovators, the Harlem Globetrotters, officially introduced the first-ever 4-point shot to the game of basketball—and the landmark moment will now be preserved for future generations at the mecca of the sport, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Harlem Globetrotter Dizzy Grant drilled the first official 35-footer in the closing seconds of the first quarter of the Globetrotters’ nationally televised victory on ESPN2 over the Washington Generals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.  The basketball and 4-point circle utilized on the shot will now be displayed at the Hall of Fame.

Grant was one of four Globetrotters to successfully hit the groundbreaking shot on the night, along with Special K Daley, Ant Atkinson and Firefly Fisher.

Throughout the Globetrotters’ 2011 “4 Times the Fun” North American Tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting circles on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the circles are 12 feet beyond the NBA’s official 3-point line).

Tickets for shows on the Globetrotters’ North American tour are now available. For complete event and ticket information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to nearly three hundred inductees and 60,000 square feet of basketball history. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. The Harlem Globetrotters were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2002, one of only eight teams to ever be so honored.  

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive year in 2011, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. The Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Monday
Dec062010

Hall of Fame Launches Gift Vouchers In Time For Holidays

Starting Monday, December 6th, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will offer Gift Vouchers to be purchased toward the cost of Museum Admission or items to be bought at its HoopShots Photo Center. Gift Vouchers can be purchased in $10 increments.

From December 6th through the 24th (until 4pm) a special promotional offer will be in effect for the Gift Vouchers. For every $30 in Gift Vouchers that is purchased, receive an additional $10 free! That's a 25% discount!

Gift Vouchers can be purchased at the Hall of Fame Box Office. The Hall of Fame is open 10-4 Sunday through Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday. For more information, please call 413-781-6500 or visit the Hall of Fame Box Office in the building's main concourse.

Friday
Dec032010

Stay Up To Date On All the Latest HoopHall Classic News

The Spalding HoopHall Classic Presented by Big Y

January 14-17, 2011

Blake Arena, Springfield College

The Basketball Hall of Fame has launched the official HoopHall Classic facebook page online. In addition to the HoopHall Classic's main website, the facebook page will be a valuable resource to fans looking for recent updates on participating players and teams. From college commitments to recent performances, the HoopHall Classic page will keep followers in the loop.

The site announced today the sale of advance tickets at the Hall of Fame Box Office. Adult tickets will be sold for $12 (regular $15) and Youth tickets are discounted to $9 (regular $10) when purchased before the tournament start date.

To stay on top of all-things-HoopHall, visit the "Basketball Hall of Fame HoopHall Classic" page on Facebook.com, and click "Like".

Wednesday
Nov102010

Basketball Hall of Fame Brings Diabetes to Light: November 14 for World Diabetes Day

As part of National Diabetes Month, the Basketball Hall of Fame is  hosting a free national broadcast from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on current treatments and those “in the works” for this devastating disease

(Springfield, MA) – On Sunday, November 14, 2010, the Basketball Hall of Fame is hosting a live broadcast from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the type 1 (juvenile) community.  This free event is designed to increase public awareness and education about type 1 diabetes and will highlight the following: existing and ‘in the works’ treatments; lessening and preventing autoimmunity attack of beta cells; health care coverage for Type 1 adults; and the status of the artificial pancreas project and FDA approval process.  JDRF has assembled a national panel of experts to deliver the presentation across the nation and questions will be accepted from audience.

Registration is at 2:30 p.m. and the live broadcast is from 3-4 p.m. followed by questions.  Also in partnership with JDRF, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Farm will be lighting its Dome in blue on November 14th in observance of World Diabetes Day.  Hundreds of monuments around the world are also expected to be lit in blue on this day.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that enables people to turn food into energy, and affects as many as 3 million Americans.

As diabetes rates continue to rise to new record highs in the U.S., one statistic remains constant in the midst of this epidemic: around 15,000 children and young adults are diagnosed every year with type 1 diabetes.

“All forms of diabetes are clearly on the rise, but the sad fact is that type 1 diabetes is by far the most serious, severe, and prevalent form of the disease affecting children,” said Richard A. Insel, M.D., Executive Vice President for Research at JDRF. 

Diabetes Facts

According to a JDRF poll, as many as 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. 

Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults, and is often diagnosed before the age of 30.  To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump and test their blood sugar.  While trying to balance insulin doses with their food intake and daily activities, people with this form of diabetes must try to avoid high blood sugars, which lead to a range of devastating complications, including heart disease, blindness and kidney disease, while also avoiding low blood sugars, which can be life-threatening.  Although life-sustaining, insulin is not a cure nor does it prevent the debilitating complications associated with the disease which can include kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack and stroke. 

Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., and represents more than $174 billion per year in health care costs.  The disease is a leading cause of adult blindness and end-stage kidney failure, and is the reason for most amputations, after accidents. 

In contrast to type 2 diabetes, in which the pancreas continues to produce insulin, type 1 diabetes is neither preventable nor correctable.  Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset) diabetes, is a metabolic disorder, typically develops after age 40, but can develop earlier. It has recently begun to appear in children but the vast majority of cases of diabetes in children are type 1.  In this form of diabetes the pancreas still produces insulin, but the body does not produce enough or is not able to use it effectively.  Treatment includes diet control, exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose and, in some cases, oral drugs or insulin. It is often reversible.

Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms

“Knowing the symptoms of type 1 diabetes is critical because the disease can be mistaken for more common illnesses, such as the flu,” Dr. Insel said.  “But untreated, even over a very short time frame, type 1 diabetes is life threatening.”

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes, which often occur suddenly, include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Fruity, sweet or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

If you, or your child or adolescent, exhibit one or more of these symptoms, you should call a doctor immediately. 

More information on type 1 diabetes, and on research leading to cure, is available on the JDRF website, at www.jdrf.org.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world.  It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal.  Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives.  And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $100 million in 22 countries in FY2009.

For more information please visit www.jdrf.org.

Friday
Oct222010

Chris Webber Exhibit Welcomes Visitors During Final Days

The Chris Webber Collection of Artifacts & Documents: Final Days of Display at Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's most recent feature exhibit to be unveiled, the Chris Webber Collection is comprised of African-American art and cultural artifacts dating back to the 1700s. Included items like first-edition books by Booker T. Washington, and personal writings from Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. enhance the cultural and social significance of the exhibit. Located on the Hall of Fame's second floor, Mr. Webber's personal collection will only be on display for a limited time.

Join us for a final look at the inspiring exhibit before it departs from the Hall of Fame on October 31st.