Tuesday
Aug092011

Bob Delaney sheds light on PTSD in new book, Surviving the Shadows, in memorable weekend at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 6, 2011) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Legends of the Game series continued this weekend with recently retired elite NBA referee and author Bob Delaney at Center Court.

Paul Lambert, Vice-President of Guest Experience and Programming at the Hall of Fame, led the interview of Delaney's career on and off the court – from his days as a New Jersey State Trooper who went undercover for nearly three years infiltrating organized crime to his 25-year NBA career, along with his work with Post-Traumatic Stress and those who serve us: law enforcement, firefighters, emergency workers and the military.  

Delaney was at the Hall of Fame for an early launch of his new book, Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress (Sourcebooks), co-authored by national award-winning journalist Dave Scheiber.

Delaney told his personal story in his first book, Covert, My Years Infiltrating the Mob (Sterling Publishing), also co-written with Scheiber and named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today. Delaney has provided presentations on PTS and PTSD for the past 30 years and in Surviving the Shadows, you will find his uplifting journey through powerful and inspiring stories of perseverance and personal courage.

Along the way, Delaney introduces medical experts who have developed groundbreaking methods in dealing with the disorder and explores one-of-a-kind therapy programs for PTSD sufferers. He says "while an individual is going through Post Traumatic Stress, family and friends are going through Active Traumatic Stress as they try to make sense of what is taking place – this human condition has a ripple affect to loved ones.”

Delaney supports peer-to-peer therapy as the first line of defense in the PTSD battle. He says: "Cops need to talk cops, firefighters to firefighter, soldiers to soldiers, combat spouses to combat spouses and combat mom's and dad's to combat mom's and dad's."

Delaney spoke with teams of law enforcement and military playing in the Hoops and Heroes basketball tournament played at the Hall of Fame to benefit Special Olympics and threw up the ceremonial opening jump ball at the championship game.

The powerful weekend was capped with Delaney getting deputized by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. He then spoke at Westover Air Base sharing his PTS/PTSD message with members of the military and civilians, sharing an important message of hope for the men and women who serve us in ways many of us will never know.

Thursday
Aug042011

‘Hoops & Heroes’ Launches 2011 Enshrinement Week Activities

Second annual basketball tournament features region’s first responders, public safety, and military personnel; other activities planned

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced teams for the 2nd annual ‘Hoops & Heroes’ tournament to tip-off the 2011 Enshrinement Celebration.  The two-day tournament, featuring Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr. as the Honorary Chair, will be held August 6-7 and feature 12 teams of first responders from throughout the region.  Saturday’s games will be held at Springfield College’s Dana Gymnasium, while Sunday’s semifinals and championship games will be played on the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court. The proceeds from the games and related activities benefit the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.  Fans are encouraged to come out to support the event.

On Sunday - in addition to the two semifinals and championship game – activities include an exhibition basketball game by Special Olympic Athletes and a presentation to NBA official Bob Delaney, who is being deputized by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.  Delaney has been an NBA referee since 1987 after previously working as an undercover officer with the New Jersey State Police during the 1970s.  He released his book “Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob” in 2008.

Further, in his pursuit of 1 million completed foul shots by a single individual to be made by Veteran’s Day 2011, Dave Cummings will sink some of his daily commitment of 1300 foul shots at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court.  Cummings will return to the Hall of Fame on Veteran’s Day 2011 to make the last 1300 shots that will conclude his 1 million completed foul shots made over a two year period as he raises money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

This year’s Hoops & Heroes teams include the US Air Force, the US Coast Guard, Boston Police Department, the Springfield Police Department, the Hampden County District Attorney’s office, and Sheriff’s Departments from Hampden, Berkshire and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts and York Correctional Institution from Connecticut. The championship team will be provided with VIP tickets to the 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony and be recognized and honored during the evening’s events.

This year’s Enshrinement Ceremony will take place at Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Friday, August 12 at 8 pm ET.  Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony to honor the Class of 2011, which includes former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; four-time NCAA women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office at (413) 231-5540.  Tickets are available for as low as $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation 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 and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Wednesday
Aug032011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony Presenters

Tickets still available as over 50 Hall of Famers expected to honor Class of 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the list of Hall of Fame players and coaches who will serve as presenters for the 2001 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by NIKE, for the Class of 2011, on Friday, August 12 at Springfield Symphony Hall.

As tradition suggests, the incoming class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony was asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present the new member of the Basketball Hall of Fame to his or her peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony including all presenters.

The Class of 2011 inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; four-time NCAA women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.

2011 Inductees and Presenters

Tara VanDerveer, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Jody Conradt (’98)

Dennis Rodman, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson (’07)

Artis Gilmore, presented by Hall of Fame Player Julius Erving (’93)

Herb Magee, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay (’92)

Tex Winter, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson (’07)

Reece “Goose” Tatum, presented by Hall of Fame Players Marques Haynes (’98) & Meadowlark Lemon (’03)

Teresa Edwards, presented by Hall of Fame Players Ann Meyers (’93) & Charles Barkley (’06)

Arvydas Sabonis, presented by Hall of Fame Player Bill Walton (’93)

Tom “Satch” Sanders, presented by Hall of Fame Player Tom Heinsohn (’86)

Chris Mullin, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca (’92)

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office at (413) 231-5540.  Different levels are available – as outlined on page 3 – ranging from $1,000 VIP tickets to $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation 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 and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Monday
Jul252011

Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Tickets Now on Sale!

 

Tickets now on-sale to general public for Mohegan Sun Event

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets over the weekend at one of the premier destinations in New England.   Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

Teams scheduled to compete in the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off are:  Long Island University (Northeast), Marist College (MAAC), Old Dominion University (CAA), Penn State University (Big Ten), Radford University (Big South), University of Kentucky (SEC), University of South Florida (Big East) and the University of Vermont (America East). 

Tip-Off Tournament Schedule


Saturday November 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

SESSION 1 – NAISMITH BRACKET

12 Noon                    Game 1 - Kentucky vs. Penn State

Approx 2:00 pm      Game 2 - Old Dominion vs. South Florida

SESSION 2 – SPRINGFIELD BRACKET

6:00 PM                     Game 3 - Marist vs. Vermont

Approx 8:00 PM      Game 4 - Long Island vs. Radford

 

Sunday November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

SESSION 1 – NAISMITH BRACKET

12 Noon                    Game 5 - Kentucky vs. Old Dominion/South Florida*  

Approx 2:00 pm      Game 6 - Penn State vs. Old Dominion/South Florida*

*If Kentucky wins Game 1 it will play the winner of Game 2; if Penn State wins Game 1 it will play the winner of Game 2 at pre-determined times.

SESSION 2 – SPRINGFIELD BRACKET

5:30 PM                     Game 7 –Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Approx 7:30 pm      Game 8 –Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4

For more information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket packages, hospitality packages for the weekend games and campus site schedule, log onto www.halloffametipoff.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.

Tuesday
Jul122011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Joins Blue Star Museums Alliance

Supports U.S. Military Personnel and their families to enjoy basketball’s history

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has joined the Blue Star Museums partnership to give United States Military personnel and their families an opportunity to visit the Hall in the birthplace of basketball at no cost.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is honored to recognize the men and women who represent our country by offering them free admission throughout the summer,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Blue Star Museums is a tremendous program that promotes family values and recognizes the sacrifices of our armed forces – we are excited to help promote this initiative.”

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the Blue Star Families, National Endowment for the Arts, and museums across the country. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.  To find out additional museums that are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

The Basketball Hall of Fame free admission for Blue Star families includes current special exhibits such as “Michael Jordan: Becoming Legendary” and a tribute to United States Olympic Championship Basketball Teams titled “USA Basketball: Commitment to the Dream.”

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.