Brown was integral part of new Basketball Hall of Fame development
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame announced that A. Craig Brown was presented with the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup, an honor recognizing Brown’s support to the Hall of Fame through the years. The award was presented at the annual Reunion Dinner this evening on Thursday, August 11th.
“Craig Brown has been a tremendous supporter of the Hall and we are honored to present him with the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jerry Colangelo. “We would like to thank him for his hard work, dedication and vision of success for the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
Brown was born in Springfield in 1952. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1974, and Georgetown University Law in 1977. That same year, Brown joined the law form of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, where he has developed a broad business practice, with particular emphasis on commercial real estate development, leasing, and commercial finance. He has been involved in a number of the largest real estate development projects in Western Massachusetts, including representation as counsel for the Basketball Hall of Fame in connection with its Springfield riverfront project.
“Craig was a part of the new Basketball Hall of Fame planning and execution from day one and extremely passionate about promoting his hometown as the Birthplace of Basketball by development of the World’s Finest Sports Museum on the Riverfront,” said Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO, John L. Doleva. “His involvement has been instrumental in our growth and he has been a true ambassador for many institutions in the Springfield community.”
For seven years, Brown was an adjunct faculty member at Western New England College School of Law and is a trustee of American International College and New Leadership Charter School. He has also been actively involved in a substantial number of housing projects throughout Western Massachusetts and provides pro bono counsel to the Springfield School Volunteers, the Springfield Urban League and other non-profit organizations, and serves on the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County. He is a past chair of U.S. Lacrosse, Inc., the sport's national governing body, and currently serves on its board of directors and as its counsel.
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.