Monday
Nov052012

2011 Gowdy Award Winner Jim Durham Passes Away at 65

“It was an incredible honor to have awarded Jim Durham with the Curt Gowdy Award in 2011," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Basketball Hall of Fame will always honor his legacy for his contribution over the years to the game of basketball.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Durham, a Chicago native had been calling NBA games on ESPN radio since 1996. He was a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls from 1973-1991. Durham also called games for the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago White Sox games and was the TV voice of the Houston Astros from 1983-85. He was a three-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year (1979, 1989 and 1990) and also won two Chicago Emmy awards.

Here is a video of Jim Durham's Gowdy Award acceptance speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGroRDhGsNk

Monday
Oct292012

2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic Teams Announced

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame brings the Nation’s top teams to Springfield for the 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the high school teams today for the 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic. Springfield College will host the games at Blake Arena from January 17-21 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The nation’s premier event will once again showcase the top high school basketball teams from across the country. This year’s elite matchups including Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) vs. Simeon High School (Chicago, IL), Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX) vs. Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, CA), New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH) vs. Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) and Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) vs. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV).

Other legendary programs scheduled to participate include St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ), Montrose Christian (Rockville, MD), DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) and St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr.

The 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic continues its tradition of talented players by featuring several ESPNU’s Top 100 in the class of 2013, including top 10 stars Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep/Huntington, WV), Jabari Parker (Simeon High School/Chicago, IL), Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/Plano, TX), Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty High School/San Jose, CA), Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School/New Hampton, NH) and Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL) as well as 2014 standouts Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young High School/Chicago, IL) and Dakari Johnson (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL).  The event also includes the nation’s No. 1 girl’s player, Mercedes Russell from Springfield (Oregon) High School.

“We are excited once again to be hosting the nation’s best high school basketball event, with a lineup of players and teams that will bring fans, media and basketball enthusiasts from around the country to Springfield College,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Last year’s games were highlighted by Shabazz Muhammed (UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Brandon Ashley (Arizona), Kyle Anderson (UCLA) and Anthony Bennett (UNLV). Spalding Hoophall Classic alumni made their mark in this year’s 2012 NBA draft including No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats), Austin Rivers (New Orleans Hornets) and Tony Wroten Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies).

“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 Gary Barfield, EVP of Russell Brands, LLC.

In addition to the game, Spalding also sponsors the Spalding Skills Challenge which 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 20th.  An associated youth tournament, the 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 2013 Hoophall Classic including game stories, videos, stats, photos and player interviews. Log on to MassLive.com/HoophallClassic for complete coverage.  

Supporting sponsors for the Hoophall Classic are Nike Basketball, Springfield College, MassMutual and Comcast XFinity.

Several games from the 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be televised nationally, with broadcast information will be available soon.

Tickets will be on sale starting November 1st. 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
Oct192012

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Mourns the Loss of Hall of Famer Slater Martin

Hall of Famer Slater Martin has passed away at the age of 87.
 
“We are very saddened by news of Slater’s death and the game of basketball lost one of the greatest legends,” said John Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “He was one of the best defenders in the game, a fantastic point guard and an even better person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
 
While the five-foot-ten, Slater "Dugie" Martin was diminutive in stature, his presence on the court was huge. A colorful, scrappy guard at the University of Texas, Martin was named to the 1949 Helms Athletic Foundation All-America team as a senior, the year he averaged 16 points a game. His 49 points against Texas Christian was a Southwestern Conference record. Considered one of the smallest super players in NBA history, Martin was a forerunner of the modern point guard with the Minneapolis Lakers and St. Louis Hawks and was an excellent play maker. He retired with five NBA championships and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Wednesday
Sep122012

Inaugural Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic Includes Auction of Unrivaled Array of Sports, Entertainment and Presidential Memorabilia  

Live Auction to be hosted at the Wigwam Golf Resort on September 19th

PHOENIX, Ariz. and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced details of its September 19th auction and other special events in association with the first annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic.

More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to participate in this year’s golf classic. Scheduled events for the two-day event include a VIP Welcome Reception, Pairings Dinner, a dedication to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and a Championship Tournament across all three courses at the Wigwam Golf Resort.  Golfers will have a chance to win a new Mercedes-Benz on each of the courses with a hole-in-one through a partnership with the Phoenix Motor Company.

On Wednesday afternoon, September 19th, the Basketball Hall of Fame will conduct an auction for its guests of vintage sports-related, entertainment and Presidential memorabilia, hosted at the Wigwam.

“The items in this auction are very extraordinary and rare. We are extremely excited about sharing these items with our guests,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This will undoubtedly be one of the finest and most exciting auctions we have been associated with here at the Hall.”

A few of the marquee basketball items in the auction include signed and unique memorabilia from the 2012 Gold Medal winning basketball Teams, a Hall of Fame experience at NBA All-Star Weekend (including hotel, tickets to all events and games), a Hall of Fame experience at the NCAA Final Four (including hotel, tickets to all games seats in private HOF Suite), and full Enshrinement 2013 hospitality package as the Basketball Hall of Fame honors next’s year’s class in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Two other top items to be auctioned are closely linked to the Basketball Hall of Fame including an item from one of the great teammate tandem of all-time in Hall of Fame inductees Michael Jordan (Class of 2009) and Scottie Pippen (Class of 2010). This autographed framed photo of the two NBA all-stars is double-matted with a Chicago Bulls championship collage and a custom engraved plate.

The second key Basketball Hall of Fame item is a signed autographed basketball from 1979 Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. It is signed Wilt “the stilt” Chamberlain, very rare as Wilt scarcely signed “the stilt.”  It also comes with a golden deluxe display.

Off the court, a Presidential Extravaganza will also be up for auction. For the first time in history, five living Presidents were pictured together including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush along with autograph cuts, a Presidential seal, frame and double matte with custom engraved plates.

Another Presidential item is a rare photo of the first family of Camelot, The Kennedys. The photo includes President John F. Kennedy, Jackie, Caroline, and John Jr. along with autographs of JFK and Jackie with a custom engraved plate, custom frame and double matte.

The Wigwam, host site for the event, is a historic Arizona landmark in Glendale’s Litchfield Park that exemplifies resort life.  With luxurious accommodations, exceptional cuisine, extensive spa and recreational facilities, plus three 18-hole championship golf courses, the Wigwam will serve as hosts for this unmatched experience of a lifetime.  

For more information on participating or purchasing a golf foursome, please visit www.Hoophall.com or call (413) 781-6500.  Each foursome will include a fifth golfer – a prominent Hall of Famer, basketball personality or celebrity from the entertainment industry.  Proceeds from the event will benefit to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

###

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, 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:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Friday
Sep072012

Hall of Fame Announces Partnership With ‘First Hoops’ To Capture Basketball’s Roots

Photography initiative celebrates the first basketball hoops for all who love the game

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a partnership with First Hoops, created by photographer Michael Paras in cooperation with marketing executive Richard Sanders and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.  First Hoops is a series of images that document the first-ever basketball hoops of Hall of Famers, basketball celebrities, contemporary stars and fans.  The project focuses on the original baskets and courts where basketball players of all levels first fell in love with the game at their earliest ages.

“Through the years, the Hall of Fame has celebrated some of basketball’s great players, teams, officials and contributors,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Now, we will collectively look through the lens of First Hoops to tell the incredible stories behind the dreams of every player and fan, from the moment they held a basketball in their hands and took their first shot.”

The First Hoops images will appear as an exclusive exhibit in the Basketball Hall of Fame in the spring of 2013 with the plan to travel the exhibit worldwide in the future.  The partnership will also include dedicated Facebook and social media outlets, marketing campaigns and a line of unique “First Hoops” merchandise that will include signed prints, posters, books and other related items.

“First Hoops is about capturing basketball at its most fundamental levels,” said Paras. “These images will showcase the raw passion for the game and share emotion that goes well beyond the basketball courts and into the lives of people around the world.”

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.