Monday
Nov262012

Dome To Turn Purple for National Epilepsy Awareness Month

In honor of National Epilepsy Awareness month, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be turning the dome purple from November 26-30, 2012. Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting several different mental and physical functions; it is also considered a seizure disorder that affects over 2.2 million Americans, and over 65 million people worldwide. November has been declared National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and the Epilepsy Foundation has begun a “30 Days 30 Ways to Take Action” campaign that focuses on bringing awareness to the medical condition as well as providing information to those that are suffering from the disorder. For more information about epilepsy and the campaign please visit: www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

Monday
Nov192012

2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team

The 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team, as voted by the media:

Naismith Bracket:
Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) - Most Valuable Player
Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
Fuquan Edwin (Seton Hall)
Mike Powell (Rhode island)
CJ Wilcox (Washington)

Springfield Bracket:
Erik Etherly (Loyola Maryland) - Most Valuable Player
Dylon Cormier (Loyola Maryland)
Estan Tyler (UMKC)
Jacob Iati (Albany)
Mike Black (Albany)

Tuesday
Nov062012

2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase to Feature UMass and Elon at the MassMutual Center on Dec. 15th

Event preceded by Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Luncheon Honoring Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun and the Big Y Family

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a matchup of the University of Massachusetts and Elon University men’s basketball teams for its 2012 Holiday Showcase to be held at the MassMutual Center on Saturday, December 15th at 12 pm.

 “We are excited to announce this matchup for our 2012 Holiday Showcase here in Western Massachusetts,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “It is great to host UMass coach Derek Kellogg and his Minutemen once again and the Hall of Fame continues to help bring great basketball to Springfield.”

Coming off a 25-12 overall record including a trip to the NIT Semifinals, UMass has high expectations for the 2012-13 season by returning several players from last season including Chaz Williams who was named to the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Preseason First-Team, as well as all four of their top scorers from last year.

Elon returns four starters from last year's team, which includes preseason All-Southern Conference selection Jack Isenbarger, as well as Lucas Troutman, Sebastian Koch, and Ryley Beaumont. The Phoenix open up the season on November 10th against Butler as part of the Maui Invitational.

“We are very excited to be playing in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase for the second-consecutive year,” said Kellogg.  “Last year’s event was a good experience for our team. We are proud to be affiliated with the Hall of Fame and to play in what we consider our second home, the MassMutual Center. We faced Elon last year in Amherst and this year they are expected to challenge for the Southern Conference title so I think the fans will see a very entertaining game."

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Showcase will be priced at $20 and $14. Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster outlets or the MassMutual Center box office during business hours.

In conjunction with the Holiday Showcase, the Basketball Hall of Fame will also be hosting the third annual Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Luncheon on Friday, December 14th at 12 pm on the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams.  This year’s honorees – who live out the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” – are the D'Amours and the Big Y Family and retired University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun (Hall of Fame Class of 2005).

The D’Amour family has championed Southern New England’s only family-owned supermarket chain, Big Y,  to service the community for over 75 years.  In addition to running great supermarkets,  education has  played a very important role  for them.  Working together, The YMCA of Greater Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, Big Y Foods, and other businesses have partnered together for Y-AIM to provide talented, underachieving at-risk youth entering the 9th grade with a solid support system throughout all four years of high school as a means to assure graduation from high school, pursuit of higher education and access to gainful employment in the global marketplace.  Big Y also donates over 300 scholarships annually to local students in the community,  as well as more than $13 million in equipment and other support to 2,000 public and parochial schools through their  Education Express program.

Calhoun used his success to champion many causes during his stint as Head Coach at the University of Connecticut.  Having beaten cancer – twice, Coach Calhoun has devoted his time and money to help raise millions of dollars for cancer research and education.  In 1998, he and his wife established the Calhoun Cardiology Research Fund, donating $125,000 to the UConn Health Center.  Each year the Calhoun family host the Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive, which has raised over $1 million for the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare, providing over 1.6 million meals to families in need. Since 1994, Calhoun has served as honorary chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, another example of his continued efforts to impact his community.  Jim Calhoun was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

For more information on tickets to the luncheon, please contact Jason Fiddler, Director of Museum Sales, at 413-231-5540 or jfiddler@hoophall.com.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.  The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at The Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, Springfield.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Springfield or becoming a member, please visit their Web site at www.springfieldmarotary.org.

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.

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.