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.



Friday
Oct222010

10th Anniversary Spalding Hoophall Classic Teams Unveiled

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Brings Top Teams to Springfield
46 Teams Representing 17 States to Participate in 2011

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the high school teams today for its 10th annual Spalding Hoophall Classic, presented by Big Y World Class Markets, to be held at Springfield College’s Blake Arena from January 14-17 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The nations premier high school event will showcase its strongest field in its history with elite matchups including Dallas Lincoln High School (Dallas, TX) vs. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) vs. Milton High School (Milton, GA) and St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ) vs. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV).

Numerous games from the 2011 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be televised nationally. Information on these broadcasts will be available shortly. Other legendary programs scheduled to participate include DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD), Christ the King High School (Middle Village, NY), St. Thomas More School (Oakdale, CT) and St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Bob Hurley, Sr. who was recently inducted in to the Hall of Fame in August.

“When we started the Hoophall Classic 10 years ago, we could never have dreamed that it would turn into such a true celebration of high school basketball with a number of elite programs and players coming to Springfield,” said John L. Doleva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Recent alumni from the Spalding Hoophall Classic have included 43 McDonald’s All Americans and 34 Jordan Brand Classic All-Americans since 2007. The class of 2010 was highlighted by Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), Kyrie Irving (Duke), Tobias Harris (Tennessee), Cory Joseph (Texas) and Brandon Knight (Kentucky). Further, 13 alumni from the Spalding Hoophall Classic were selected in the 2010 NBA Draft this past June including lottery picks Derrick Favors (New Jersey), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Al-Farouq Aminu (Los Angeles Clippers), Xavier Henry (Memphis) and Ed Davis (Toronto).

The 2011 event continues its tradition of talented players by featuring more than 20 of the ESPNU’s Top 100 in the class of 2011, including top 10 stars Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick’s/Elizabeth, NJ), Quincy Miller (Westchester Country Day School/High Point), Myck Kabongo (Findlay Prep/Hendersonville, NV), Anthony Davis (Perspectives/Chicago, IL), LeBryan Nash (Lincoln/Dallas, TX) as well as top juniors Andre  Drummond (St. Thomas More School/Oakdale, CT), Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas, NV) and DaJuan Coleman (Jamesville-DeWitt/Syracuse, NY).

“Spalding is proud to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame to support the Hoophall Classic, both of which epitomize the elite level of basketball that our brand strives for, “ said Spalding representative, Gary Barfield. “And as fans of the game, we look forward to four days of the best basketball in the country.”

In addition to the game, Spalding also sponsors the Spalding Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge features three events including the Spalding Half-Court Hustle, Spalding 3-Point Shootout and the Spalding Slam Dunk Contest at Blake Arena on Sunday, January 16th. An associated youth tournament, Junior Hoophall Classic, will return this year with details located at www.basketbull.org.

MassLive.com, the online home of the Republican, will provide extensive coverage of the 2011 Hoophall Classic including game stories, videos, stats, photos and player interviews. Log on to MassLive.com/HoophallClassic for complete coverage.

The Spalding Hoophall Classic is presented by Big Y World Class Markets. Supporting sponsors for the Hoophall Classic are NIKE, SLAM Magazine and Polar Beverages.

Tickets for the event are $13 for adults and $10 for youth/students (18 and under). All Big Y world Class Market members will again receive a special ticket. For more information, please visit the official web site, www.thehoophallclassic.com.

About Spalding
Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group is now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. For more information, visit www.spalding.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.

Friday
Sep242010

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Tip-Off Teams and Schedule

MassMutual Center hosts the Tip-Off on Nov 20, Nov 21 and Nov 22

Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today has announced the complete field of teams and game schedule for the re-birth of the longtime Springfield tradition in the city that basketball was born.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday November 20, Sunday November 21 and Monday November 22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Twelve schools across all three NCAA basketball Divisions will compete in three days of competitive action.

 “Mixing high quality Division I basketball and the local Division II and Division III basketball community at the MassMutual Center  is an exciting announcement for the Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Tip-Off will once again become one of the Hall of Fame’s anchor events and add to the other high profile and successful basketball events hosted by the Hall of Fame annually.  We look forward to welcoming all of these schools to the Hall of Fame for a great weekend of basketball.”

 The game schedule opens with four games on November 20, followed by three games on November 21 and November 22.   Teams scheduled to participate include:  Bradley University (Missouri Valley),  Dowling College (Division II), Loyola Marymount University (West Coast Conference), New Mexico State University (WAC), University of Massachusetts (Atlantic 10), Rider University (MAAC), University of Southern California (Pac-10), and TCU  (Mountain West).  

 On Monday November 22, two additional games will be played involving Division II American International College and Springfield College from Division III.  American International College will challenge LeMoyne College while Springfield College takes on Lyndon State in the opening game.

 In addition to the games at the MassMutual Center, Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Southern California, and TCU will each host campus site games as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. 

 The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for the annual event.  The MAAC will host the men’s and women’s basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield from 2012 through 2014. 

 Ticket packages to the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the MassMutual Center will go on-sale Monday September 27th at 10:00 AM EST.  For more information on purchasing tickets or other tournament information, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com.

2010 BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT GAME SCHEDULE

 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20TH

12 Noon                               Loyola Marymount University vs. Dowling College

2:30 PM                                Rider University vs. TCU

5:00 PM                                Bradley University vs. University of Southern California

7:30 PM                                University of Massachusetts vs. New Mexico State University

 SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST

12 Noon                               Loyola Marymount University vs. Rider University

2:30 PM                                New Mexico State University vs. University of Southern California

5:00 PM                                Bradley University vs. TCU

 MONDAY NOVEMBER 22ND

4:00 PM                                Springfield College vs. Lyndon State College

6:00 PM                                American International College vs. LeMoyne College

8:00 PM                                University of Massachusetts vs. TCU

 About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's College and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.  For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 413-781-6500.

Wednesday
Aug182010

Hall of Fame Trustee Jim Vinick Presented with 2010 Chairman's Cup

The Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that James E. Vinick was presented with the 2010 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup, an honor recognizing Vinick’s support to the Hall of Fame as one of its longest serving Board members and trustees. The award was presented at the Hall’s annual Reunion Dinner on Thursday evening, August 12th.

“We are very proud to present Jim Vinick with the 2010 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jerry Colangelo.  “Jim is a long-serving member of our Board who has consistently given selflessly in his many years of service to the Hall. Clearly, his commitment to the Basketball Hall of Fame is second to none and his love of the institution is unparalleled.”

Vinick grew up in Springfield, Mass., not far from the original Hall of Fame on the campus of Springfield College. He is a 1962 graduate of Boston University - School of Management and later attended the New York Institute of Finance. Vinick was the recipient of the Boston University School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award and is very involved in raising money for The Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in memory of his late son, Jeffrey. Vinick was the recipient of the Jimmy Fund’s Bob Cheyne Lifetime Commitment Award. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Moors & Cabot Investments. Prior to Moors & Cabot, he held posts as Senior VP at Advest, Inc., Dean Witter Reynolds and at Sherson-Hammill. During the 1980's and 1990's Vinick worked as the financial editor and commentator of WGGB-TV 40 and as a financial editor of WHYN AM-FM Affiliated Broadcasting.

Vinick helped foster the first Basketball Hall of Fame on the Campus of Springfield College and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the museum ever since, contributing to the success of the Hall while being very proud of its presence in his hometown of Springfield. The Hall of Fame has been privileged to help Vinick honor his late son, Jeffrey, with the Jeffrey Vinick Locker Room exhibit at the previous Hall of Fame, built in 1985, and at the new Hall with the dedication of the flagpole and monument gracing the front of the building.

“On behalf of all of your colleagues and friends at the Hall of Fame, we extend our sincere best wishes and congratulations on this well deserved honor,” said Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO, John L. Doleva. “We are grateful for your service and will continue to rely on your passion, commitment, expertise and generosity as we continue to make the Basketball Hall of Fame the best it can be.”