Wednesday
Aug222012

‘Hoops & Heroes’ Tips Off 2012 Enshrinement Week Activities

Third annual basketball tournament features region’s first responders, public safety officials and military personnel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced teams for the 3rd annual ‘Hoops & Heroes’ tournament to open the 2012 Enshrinement Celebration.  The two-day tournament, featuring Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr. as the Honorary Chair, will be held August 25-26 and feature 16 teams of first responders from throughout the region.  The games begin at Springfield College on Saturday and the “final four” teams will progress to the Championship round to be played at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court Sunday morning. In addition to the two semifinals and championship game – activities also include an exhibition basketball game by Special Olympic Athletes. The proceeds from the games and related activities benefit the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.  Fans are encouraged to come out to support the event.

Hall of Famer Rick Barry will visit the 2012 Hoops & Heroes Basketball Tournament just prior to tip-off of the tournament on Saturday, August 25th at Springfield College.  Rick has been named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring during a single season.

This year’s Hoops & Heroes Tournament features teams from all over New England and New York including Albany, Boston, Chelsea Police Departments, the Connecticut State Police & Public Safety Officers, Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Suffolk County Sheriff Departments, Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services, New Haven and York Corrections, United States Coast Guard, Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guiel, P.C. and defending champions United States Air Force.  The championship team will be provided with VIP tickets to the 2012 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, September 7th at 7:30 pm ET.  Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony to honor the Class of 2012, which includes five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller; all-time winningest coach in NBA History Don Nelson; NCAA basketball official Hank Nichols; three-time Naismith Award winner Ralph Sampson; three-time NBA All-Star Jamaal Wilkes; first women’s professional basketball team All American Red Heads; two-time Olympic Gold medalist Katrina McClain; early African-American pioneer Don Barksdale; International coaching legend Lidia Alexeeva; ABA/NBA superstar Mel Daniels; seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker; and one of the most significant contributors to the game of basketball Phil Knight.

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.

Game Schedule:

Saturday, August 25 (Springfield College Field House)
10:00 AM (Appearance by Hall of Famer Rick Barry)
- Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guil vs. York Correctional
- Albany Police Department vs. US Air Force
- Hampden City Sheriff’s – 2 vs. New Haven Comm. Corrections
- Boston Police Department vs. US Coast Guard
 
11:15 AM
- Hampden City Sheriff’s – 3 vs. Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services
- Connecticut State Police vs. Chelsea Police Department
- Hampshire Cty Sheriff’s Dept vs. Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department
- CT Public Safety Officers vs. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
 
12:30 PM
- Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guil vs. US Air Force
- Albany Police Department vs. York Correctional
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s - 2 vs. US Coast Guard
- Boston Police Department vs. New Haven Comm. Corrections
 
1:45 PM
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s – 3 vs. Chelsea Police Department
- Connecticut State Police vs. Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services
- Hampshire Cty Sheriff’s Dept vs. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
- CT Public Safety Officers vs. Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department
 
3:00 PM
- Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guil vs. Albany Police Department
- US Air Force vs. York Correctional
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s – 2 vs. Boston Police Department
- US Coast Guard vs. New Haven Comm. Corrections

4:15 PM
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s – 3 vs. Connecticut State Police
- Chelsea Police Department vs. Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services
- Hampshire Cty Sheriff’s Dept vs. CT Public Safety Officers
- Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept vs. Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department
 
Sunday, August 26 (Basketball Hall of Fame Center Court)
10:00 AM
- SEMIFINAL #1 - Winner of Pool A vs. Winner of Pool B
 
11:15 AM - SEMIFINAL #2 - Winner of Pool C vs. Winner of Pool D
 
12:30 PM - SPECIAL OLYMPICS EXHIBITION GAME
 
1:00 PM - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2
 
2:00 PM - 2012 HOOPS & HEROES TOURNAMENT TROPHY PRESENTATION

Wednesday
Aug222012

Basketball Hall of Fame To Partner with Spiffbox, Inc. for Direct Message Responses from Hall of Famers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a partnership with SpiffBox, Inc. www.spiffbox.com  – an Internet website and mobile application that allows fans to receive direct and personal message responses from high-profile people including athletes. SpiffBox’s “Priority Messaging” product allows consumers to get fast and direct messaging access to people outside their social network.

Visitors to the Hall of Fame’s website www.hoophall.com can now trade messages directly with such basketball greats as Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, George Gervin, Nancy Lieberman and Sam Jones with more additions on the way. Message responses are embossed on electronic photographs that may be printed or shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.  Fans participate in the communication for a nominal cost with a portion of the proceeds going to The Basketball Hall of Fame, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. With SpiffBox, fans can now trade messages with Sam Jones during NBA games or discuss University of Houston basketball with Elvin Hayes.  

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with SpiffBox,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “This will be a huge stepping stone in allowing fans to communicate directly with their favorite Basketball Hall of Famers, as well as helping to raise dollars for our organization.”

SpiffBox provides consumers fast and direct messaging access to high-profile individuals who are often overwhelmed with messages through their Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.   SpiffBox.com provides direct access to thousands of athletes, actors, executives and writers. In addition to Basketball Hall of Famers, many of the world’s greatest athletes use SpiffBox for Priority Messaging including Tony Dorsett, Ken Norton, Tai Babilonia, Shane Conlan and Mike Haynes.  SpiffBox also provides private label messaging solutions to college athletic programs, pro teams, and major brands to provide consumers direct messaging access to their players / talent.

“SpiffBox allows me to communicate with fans in a much more personal and private manner,” said Barry, Class of 1987.  ”I love the program." Rick may be messaged directly on his Hall of Fame profile http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/richard-f-rick-barry or at www.spiffbox.com/rickbarry.

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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.  

About SpiffBox:
SpiffBox is a software company based in Scottsdale, Arizona that operates www.spiffbox.com and sells private label Priority Messaging software to sports / entertainment properties and major brands. SpiffBox is the only company in the world that provides prioritized messaging access and helps high-profile people monetize message responses.  SpiffBox is a private company and headed by CEO Chris Munnelly.

Tuesday
Aug212012

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces First Annual Women’s College Basketball Challenge

Hall of Fame Challenge set to tip-off during the 2013-2014 season

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the field of teams and groups for the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. The NCAA women’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will conclude on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, as the culminating event that also included three previous games held on two campus sites.

Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge – MassMutual Center Schedule: (Game times will be announced at later date)
University of Connecticut vs. Ohio State University
Marist College vs. Old Dominion University
Monmouth University vs. Boston University
St. Bonaventure University vs. Bowling Green State University

Prior to the neutral site showcase at the MassMutual Center, each team will participate in three scheduled games hosted by the University of Connecticut and Ohio State University. Those games will be played on three consecutive days between November 22 – November 27, 2013.

Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge – Campus Round Pools
Ohio State University Pool
Bowling Green State University
Marist College
Monmouth University
Ohio State University

University of Connecticut Pool
Boston University
University of Connecticut
Old Dominion University
St. Bonaventure University

“We are excited to announce the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball challenge,”said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This is a great platform to celebrate Women’s athletics as well as showcase some of the best college basketball programs in the country.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for this year’s event.  The MAAC will host the men’s and women’s basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield in March 2013 and March 2014 and has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the opening of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum and hosting the annual men’s Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament.

“It has been a long term goal of the MAAC to sponsor a multi-team women’s basketball tournament similar to those the league does for men’s basketball so that the conference can showcase some of the highest caliber hoops programs,” notes Richard Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. “This inaugural field of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge is an amazing mix of the strongest programs in the country and some of the best of the mid major ranks. This early season environment is important as teams establish their credentials for post-season selections and seeding,” notes Ensor a former NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball committee member. “It is important that women’s basketball teams have the same number of opportunities for exempt events as the men’s teams current have and we commend the Basketball Hall of Fame for stepping up and organizing this showcase for women’s hoops in Springfield.”

Tickets, neutral site game times and campus round dates for the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge will be released at a later date. For more information on the Hall of Fame Challenge, log onto www.hoophall.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:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's College and Siena College.

For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.

Monday
Aug062012

Basketball Hall of Fame Mourns the Passing of Arnie Risen

The Basketball Hall of Fame honors the life of 10-year NBA standout Arnie Risen, a 1998 enshrinee and two-time NBA champion.
 
"Arnie will be missed in the basketball community," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  "He was a major presence on the court and his versatility as a big man helped change how the game was played."
 
After leading Ohio State to back-to-back Final Fours at the collegiate level, Risen went on to score 7,633 career points from 1948-1958 for the Rochester Royals and Boston Celtics while earning four NBA All-Star selections.

Tuesday
Jun262012

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces First Annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic, Presented by Nike

Phoenix, Ariz. (June 26, 2012) – Many of the greatest names in the game of basketball and the entertainment industry will come together for the first annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic, Presented by Nike at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Arizona from September 19-20, 2012.  Additional founding sponsors include Alliance Beverages, Molina Fine Jewelers, Flying Colors Powered By Moss, the Phoenix Suns and the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.

Expected to become one of the premier sports celebrity golf events in the country, the Golf Classic will feature over 60 Basketball Hall of Famers and Celebrity Guests with one represented in each foursome.  On the eve of the tournament, guests will be treated to a special Welcome Reception and Pairings Dinner, Silent Auction with premium basketball memorabilia and an opportunity for live bidding on their favorite Hall of Famer to play with their foursome.

A special USA Basketball Dedication, featuring members of the U.S. Men’s National Team recently returning from London, will also highlight the evening’s events.

Some of the early commitments include Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Clyde Drexler, Grant Hill, Nancy Lieberman, Moses Malone, Lute Olson, Ralph Sampson, Lenny Wilkens, Dominique Wilkins and actor Mark Wahlberg.

“The Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic is a great way to celebrate the game in the off-season by bringing our Hall of Famers together,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “It is also a testament to Jerry for his support of the Hall of Fame and his commitment to helping preserve the game’s history into the future.”

The tournament day will be highlighted by Championship Play on three incredible courses.

“I am proud to host the Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic here in Phoenix,” said Colangelo.  “It will be great to showcase such an impressive field of Hall of Famers and celebrities, to recognize members of the USA Basketball Team and to bring an exciting event to the Valley that will help support the great work of the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

The site of the Golf Classic, The Wigwam, 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.

Sample of Hall of Famers & Celebrities Confirmed To Date
Alvan Adams
Rick Barry
Elgin Baylor
Jay Bilas
Carol Blazejowski
Van Chancellor
Jerry Colangelo
Steve Colter
Jody Conradt
Dave Cowens
Clyde Drexler
Teresa Edwards
Wayne Embry
Matt Fish
Al Gentry
George Gervin
Artis Gilmore
Gail Goodrich
Hal Greer
Grant Hill
Bailey Howell
Dan Issel
Mannie Jackson
Clark Kellogg
Derek Kellogg
Tim Kempton
Joel Kramer
Bob Lanier
Meadowlark Lemon
Lafayette "Fat" Lever
Nancy Lieberman
Jackie MacMullan
Gavin Maloof
Joe Maloof
Moses Malone
Ann Meyers
Calvin Murphy
CM Newton
Hank Nichols
Lute Olson
Robert Parish
Jim Paxson
Charles Pittman
Bob Ryan
Ralph Sampson
Danny Schayes
Alvin Scott
Dick Snyder
Sam Stith
C. Vivian Stringer
Bernard Thompson
Mark Wahlberg
Mark West
Lenny Wilkens
Dominique Wilkins

About Jerry Colangelo:
Jerry Colangelo is the Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, as well as the Chairman of USA Basketball’s Board of Directors and architect of the 2008 USA “Redeem Team” Gold Medal winning effort.  One of the most innovative and influential owners in NBA history, Jerry Colangelo has spent most of his life involved with the game of basketball. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned All-Conference honors as a player, Colangelo began his NBA career in 1966 with the Chicago Bulls' front office. In 1968, he became the youngest general manager in professional sports with the expansion Phoenix Suns. In only his second season with the new club, Colangelo turned the Suns into a legitimate playoff threat. In 1976, Colangelo received his first Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award for taking the Suns to the NBA Finals. A respected member of the NBA Board of Governors, Colangelo played an integral role in the formation of the WNBA in 1997. He has also served on the NBA's the Long Range Planning Committee, the Expansion Committee and the Competition and Rules Committee.  Continuing his transformation of downtown Phoenix, Mr. Colangelo was also instrumental in bringing major league baseball to Phoenix in 1998 and served as Chairman and CEO of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.  Mr. Colangelo was also critically involved in bringing NHL Hockey to Phoenix.

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