Wednesday
Aug042010

Springfield native and Atlantic recording artist Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Staind, will appear at the Hall of Fame's "Celebration of Basketball" on "Children's Day," Tuesday, August 10th

Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Staind, will appear at the Basketball Hall of Fame's "Center Court" at Noon on August 10th to speak about the importance of education and his "It Takes a Community Foundation." The Atlantic recording artist will conduct a "Q&A Session" with fans then play a two-song acoustic set to promote his upcoming benefit concert.

To mark the occasion, the Hall will provide each fan who attends the August 14th “Aaron Lewis & Friends” benefit concert -- benefitting the It Takes A Community Foundation at The Pines Theatre at Look Park (Northampton, Mass) with a ticket for free admission to the Hall of Fame museum to be used in the month of August, 2010. Partnering with ITAC, the Hall will donate athletic equipment to the Community Education Center in Worthington, MA, the initial community project the ITAC Foundation will benefit.

The It Takes A Community Foundation was founded by Lewis and his wife, Vanessa, with a focus on reviving rural communities throughout greater New England. The charity works with local leaders and community organizations that have firsthand knowledge of the needs of their communities.  It strives to raise funds and support community groups who strengthen, engage and enrich the communities while providing assistance to communities in crisis.

With his honest, heartfelt lyrics, resounding guitar chords, and unmistakable voice, Aaron Lewis has led Staind to the forefront of American rock music.  The Illusion of Progress, released in 2008, marked the band's fourth consecutive studio album to debut in the Top Three on the Billboard 200 and features the #1 alternative rock song, "Believe."  The iconic hard rock group's decade-long career has seen worldwide album sales in excess of 13 million and five #1 singles spanning three different radio formats. 

"I'm so honored that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has chosen to partner with me and the It Takes A Community Foundation to support our local community,” said Lewis.  “I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for the organization for recognizing the need that ITAC strives to fill, and its willingness to help us achieve our shared goal of giving our kids the tools they need at an early age to achieve great things later on."

"We are thrilled to have Aaron Lewis and his foundation join the Basketball Hall of Fame's "Celebration of Basketball" festivities and we thank him for his participation at our "Children's Day" on August 10th," said Paul Lambert, Vice President, Guest Experience & Programming for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "As a Springfield native, Aaron Lewis values the interconnection between basketball, music and education in our community.  He has been working arduously through his "It Takes a Community" foundation to stress the importance of education and help improve opportunities for youth in our region."

For entry, normal Hall of Fame admission will need to be purchased by fans. There will be no additional charge to view the event which will run between Noon and 1pm on August 10.

Tuesday
Aug032010

Puerto Rico's U-18 National Team to Compete in Feature Game of Basketball Triple-header at Mason Square World Basketball Festival, August 8th

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced additional details for the upcoming “Celebration of Basketball” festival, leading up to the Enshrinement of the Hall’s Class of 2010. The Hall of Fame and presenting partner Nike will stage an outdoor triple-header basketball exhibition on Sunday, August 8, to highlight Springfield’s World Basketball Festival at Mason Square. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

 The basketball triple-header at Mason Square will tip-off after a 2:00-2:45pm ceremony to unveil a new monument devoted to the sport, the players and the exact location where the very first basketball game was played on December 21, 1891 at a YMCA located at State and Sherman Streets in Mason Square.

The concept for the creation and dedication of the monument, along with the community-building efforts championed by local community organizers, the Hall of Fame and Nike, the presenting partner for the 2010 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, have been enthusiastically supported by the City of Springfield.

 “We are thrilled to be working with the City of Springfield and Nike to stage this historic event at Mason Square,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The enshrinement of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 is making Springfield the center of the basketball world as we welcome thousands of fans who can participate in the “Celebration of Basketball” events, leading up to our induction ceremony on August 13th.”

After the monument dedication ceremony, Nike will stage an afternoon of basketball celebration from 3pm-6pm with plans to conduct special basketball activities, contests and Nike give-aways before during and after the three exhibition basketball games. The festival’s set-up will include a full-sized basketball court to be constructed at the site of the first basketball game ever played, a full stage with DJs and music from Hot 93.7 FM, plus live performances by featured artists, including R&B singer Leon Spradley (halftime of first game) and a dance performance by Kim’s Danceland Teen Group (halftime of second game).

 The August 8 schedule includes a 3pm exhibition between the New England Crusaders girls basketball team versus Connecticut’s Premier AAU girls, then at 4pm, the boys will take the court for a game between Springfield All-Stars and New England All-Stars. The day culminates with an exhibition game featuring the Puerto Rico “Under 18 Year Old” men’s national team against “BABC,” the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, scheduled to start at 5pm.

Schedule

2pm – Unveiling & Dedication of Monument at Mason Square

3pm - New England Crusaders Girls vs. Connecticut Premier AAU Girls

4pm - Springfield All-Stars vs. New England All-Stars

5pm - Puerto Rico’s U18 vs. Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC)

For additional information on the Basketball Hall of Fame, including a complete list of all Enshrinement 2010 events, instructions on how to purchase tickets, and to view all summer events and activities, please visit www.hoophall.com

 

Tuesday
Aug032010

The Largest Gathering of Hall of Famers Ever

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2010 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike, will feature the largest collection of current and incoming Hall of Famers ever assembled at one time. Held Friday, August 13th at 7pm, Springfield Symphony Hall will be the venue for this legendary occasion.

Scheduled to Appear:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geno Auriemma, Charles Barkley, Rick Barry, Walt Bellamy, Larry Bird, Jim Boeheim, Jerry Buss, Jim Calhoun, Cynthia Cooper, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Marques Haynes, Tom Heinsohn, Bob Hurley Sr., Magic Johnson, KC Jones, Mike Krzyzewski, Nancy Lieberman, Meadowlark Lemon, Jerry Lucas, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Earl Monroe, Scottie Pippen, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, John Stockton, C. Vivian Stringer, David Thompson, Wes Unseld, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkens, Lynette Woodard, James Worthy and many more!

Be sure to view our Week-Long Schedule of Events and information regarding Tickets!

Tuesday
Jul272010

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Gets 'Committed To The Dream' With New Exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, MA July 27, 2010 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the opening of “Committed to the Dream,” a 4,000 square foot exhibit created designed to celebrate the journey, heritage and birthplace of the USA Men's National Basketball Team. The exhibit, created by the Hall in partnership with Nike, is now open to all hall visitors at no additional cost and honors the past, present and future of the sport by paying homage to eight iconic moments in USA Basketball Olympic history. “Committed to the Dream” opens just weeks before the weeklong “Celebration of Basketball” festival ushering in Enshrinement 2010: August 7 – August 14, 2010.  For additional information on the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., including a complete list of all Enshrinement 2010 events, to purchase tickets, view all summer events and activities visit www.hoophall.com

"We are proud to partner with Nike to create this exhibit and honor two of USA Basketball's most celebrated and respected teams," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The ‘Committed To The Dream’ exhibit brings new energy and provides an incredible experience for basketball fans as part of our ‘Celebration of Basketball’ week when we pay tribute to the 1960 and 1992 USA Olympic Teams and all of the inductees in the distinguished Class of 2010."

About the Exhibit:

  • Eight moments in USA Basketball history are highlighted including moments from: 1936, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008.
  • A special place in the exhibit highlights the most innovate products in the Hyperfuse, Hyperdunk 2010 and Hyper Elite shorts that Nike has created for the 2010 USA Basketball team to wear while competing in the World Basketball Championship in Turkey.
  • The exhibit also highlights the eight moments with compelling photography, artifacts owned by the Basketball Hall of Fame and original design by Nike.
  • Key design elements of the space include: eight light boxes which highlights specific moments in USA Basketball history, a USA flag footwear wall comprised of Nike Hyperfunk footwear, iconic parquet flooring featuring red, white and blue coloring, a USA Basketball jersey chandelier with a gold-colored basketball and a USA chainlink fence installation.

Highlights of the “Celebration of Basketball” week include: a monument unveiling at “Mason Square” where the first game of basketball was played; “HOOPS & HEROES,” a ‘First Responders’ basketball tournament with representative teams from police, firefighters and other civil service departments; a Wheelchair Basketball Celebration at the Hall featuring the US Wheelchair Paralympic Team; a “Children’s Day at the Hall,” featuring basketball clinics and special appearances for kids; and a public rally to welcome the Class of 2010 on August 13th.

The Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 consists of eight individuals and two teams. The inductees include: Jerry Buss, Cynthia Cooper, Bob Hurley, Sr., Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen, along with two celebrated teams: the 1960 USA Men’s Olympic team and the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team.” The Class of 2010 also includes three legendary players: Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and international star Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira, all of whom will be honored posthumously.

The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Facebook and Twitter pages are great ways to stay informed about Enshrinement Week and all of this summers news and events happening at the Hall. Follow HoopHall on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Springfield-MA/Naismith-Memorial-Basketball-Hall-of-Fame/71673815971?ref=ts and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hoophall

 

Thursday
Jul012010

Hall of Fame Invites The World of Basketball To A Week Of Festivities & Honors For Enshrinement 2010

"Celebration of Basketball” Week Offers Ultimate Access to the Game, Hall of Famers & More

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced a weeklong “Celebration of Basketball” festival leading up to Enshrinement 2010, scheduled Saturday, August 7 through Saturday, August 14, 2010. This year's enshrinement will include the largest number of Hall of Famers to ever be assembled in Springfield, MA. The sport of basketball will call Springfield home as this world premiere basketball event stages celebrations and attractions devoted to the sport, the players and the exact location where the “first basketball game” was played on December 21, 1891. For a complete list of all Enshrinement 2010 events, to purchase tickets or to take advantage of all summer events and activities, visit http://www.hoophall.com/enshrinement-tickets/

Highlights of the week include: a monument unveiling at Springfield’s  “Mason Square” where the first game of basketball was played; the inaugural “Hoops & Heroes” Tournament-- a ‘first responders’ tournament with local and regional representation from police, fire and other agencies benefiting Special Olympics Massachusetts;  a Wheelchair Basketball Celebration at the Hall featuring the USA Gold Medal winning Wheelchair Paralympics Team; a “Children’s Day” featuring basketball clinics with NBA and collegiate players; a 96 team AAU National Tournament presented by the Chris Paul Foundation; and many other public events surrounding the induction of the Class of 2010.

"We enthusiastically welcome the world of basketball to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and to the city of Springfield to honor the game and its most elite participants. This is an event fans of all ages will want to attend,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The ‘Celebration of Basketball’ week has more than doubled in size and scope from last year which will allow for more fan interaction and provide greater economic impact to the surrounding region.”

The Enshrinement Class of 2010 consists of eight individuals and two teams. The inductees include: Jerry Buss, Cynthia Cooper, Bob Hurley, Sr., Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen, along with two celebrated teams: the 1960 USA Men’s Olympic team and the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team.” The Class of 2010 also includes three legendary players: Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and international star Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira, all of whom will be honored posthumously.

With plans to continue the weeklong celebration for future years, the Basketball Hall of Fame has been able to partner with NIKE, as the presenting sponsor for all of this year's events, including additional premium sponsorships from the Chicago Bulls and MassMutual Financial Group.

The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Facebook and Twitter pages are great ways to stay informed about Enshrinement Week and all of this summers news and events happening at the Hall. Follow HoopHall on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Springfield-MA/Naismith-Memorial-Basketball-Hall-of-Fame/71673815971?ref=ts and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hoophall