Thursday
May312012

Hall of Famer Jack Twyman Passes Away at 78

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame mourns the loss of Hall of Famer Jack Twyman.
 
“The Basketball Hall of Fame and the game of basketball not only lost an incredible athlete but also an incredible man,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Jack will always be remembered for his hard work and his huge heart.  He exemplified this when he became the legal guardian of teammate Maurice Stokes, who was paralyzed after suffering a head injury during a game -- assisting with Maurice's care-taking and medical bills.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
 
Jack Twyman's single-minded work ethic and dedication made him one of the best pure-shooting and high-scoring forwards in the NBA's first two decades. At University of Cincinnati, Twyman scored 1,598 points and finished his career as Cincinnati's scoring leader. In the NBA, he played his entire eleven-year era with Rochester/Cincinnati and averaged 31.2 points a game in 1960. He retired as a six-time NBA All-Star and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Monday
May212012

The Hall of Fame celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Bob Boozer of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame mourns the passing of basketball great Bob Boozer.

"Bob will be remembered not only for his decorated basketball career, but as a unwavering teammate and ambassador for the game," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Boozer was a star at Kansas State where he was selected twice as an All-American before playing 11 seasons in the NBA.  He was drafted No. 1 by the Cincinnati Royals and ended his pro career as a member of the 1971 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.  A career highlight was being a member of the 1960 US Olympic team that won the gold medal and is still considered one of the greatest teams of all-time.  The 1960 team was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Sunday
May132012

Basketball Hall of Fame Mourns the Passing of Ken Hudson

The Basketball Hall of Fame mourns the passing of Ken Hudson, the first African-American NBA referee, former head of the legendary Boston Shootout event, Coca Cola executive and recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2009 Mannie Jackson, Basketball's Human Spirit Award alongside NBA legends Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning.

"Ken was a true pioneer for the game of basketball, not only as an official but for his impact through the Boston Shootout with the future stars of the game," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  "He was an ideal recipient for the Mannie Jackson Spirit Award and he will be missed in the basketball community."

Monday
Apr302012

Three Iconic Sports Legends Turn Out to Celebrate YMCA of Greater Springfield’s 160th Anniversary

Springfield, MA (April 17, 2012) – Given the YMCA of Greater Springfield’s history with the game of basketball, it is only fitting that a celebration of the organization’s 160th Anniversary will be held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event will feature a keynote address by successful sports and business leader Mannie Jackson and Boston Globe sportswriters and ESPN commentators, Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan.  

MacMullan and Ryan, both Basketball Hall of Fame Award winners, will together share with guests their thoughts and experiences covering the celebrated Boston sports teams with a special concentration on the Boston Celtics at the YMCA gala to be held on June 18 at 6 PM at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Further, attendees of the celebration will hear a keynote address from Mannie Jackson, a former player for the Harlem Globetrotters who, after a successful business career, purchased the Globetrotters from near bankruptcy and extinction reinvigorating one of America’s most popular sports brands. Jackson will share stories and insights from his life beginning with literally being born in a railway boxcar, to becoming the first African American player at the University of Illinois, to becoming the President of a unit of Honeywell Corporation, and his ultimate purchase of the Globetrotters and his experiences around the world with the team. Jackson now is a philanthropist and author, including a recently released book that chronicles his inspiring journey called “Boxcar to Boardrooms; My Memories and Travels.” The book is on sale now www.boxcarholding.com with all proceeds donated to cancer research and the I-LEAP Academic Scholarship Program.

“We are extremely honored to be joined by these three amazingly talented sports icons,” says Kirk Smith, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Springfield. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to commemorate our 160th anniversary than with them at Center Court of the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

160th Anniversary Celebration
Tickets to the June 18 celebration are available by contacting Peggy Graveline, Development Assistant, YMCA of Greater Springfield, at pgraveline@springfieldy.org or by calling 413.739.6951 x179. Tickets are $160/each, or $1,500 for a table of 10. All proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA of Greater Springfield’s 2012 Annual Scholarship Campaign.

For 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Springfield has been providing wide-ranging programs to support education, health and wellness, and social responsibility. As “one association,” the YMCA of Greater Springfield serves 14 cities and towns throughout the region. With a team of over 500 employees and volunteers, the Y operates three family centers and eight outreach centers and camps throughout the greater Springfield region, serving well over 100,000 youth, families and seniors each year. Each year, the Y provides over $500,000 in scholarship assistance to those in need.  

About Mannie Jackson
Mannie Jackson is President of Boxcar Holdings LLC, former Chairman of the Board of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Chairman of the Board and former owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, and Chairman and Founder of the Executive Leadership Council. After a brief professional basketball career including the Globetrotters, Jackson went on to distinguish himself in corporate life as a senior executive with Honeywell, Inc, and as one of the first African Americans to serve on multiple (six) Fortune 500 Boards of Directors.

About MacMullan and Ryan
Jackie MacMullan is an ESPN analyst and columnist for ESPNBOSTON.com. In 1982, she joined the Boston Globe, serving as a columnist and associate editor until March 2008. From there, she earned acclaim as an NBA reporter for Sports Illustrated, followed by her work as a contributor for CNN/SI, the 24-hour news network. In her years at the Globe, MacMullan covered events such as the 1986 World Series, the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals and the 1988 Olympic Games, as well as numerous NCAA Final Fours and NBA championships. She was the first woman to ever receive the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she played basketball.

Bob Ryan is a sports columnist for the Boston Globe, who recently announced his retirement following the upcoming London Olympics. He is a regular panelist on ESPN's Sunday morning roundtable, The Sports Reporters. He has been writing for the Globe since the 1970s covering all of the Boston sports teams and has been a columnist since 1989. Ryan would cover 21 NBA finals, 29 NCAA Final Fours, 11 World Series, 11 Super Bowls, eight U.S. Open Golf Championships, six British Opens, four Ryder Cups, four Masters, two PGAs and the last 10 Olympics.  The five-time NSSA National Sportswriter of the Year won the Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.  He is a graduate of Boston College.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kristine Allard, VP of Development & Communications at kallard@springfieldy.org or 413.739.6951 x172.

Friday
Apr272012

Full Sail University & the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Partner to Present Special Screening of “Goose” on Friday, April 27th

Harlem Globetrotter great Mannie Jackson on hand to celebrate film

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Full Sail University is proud to partner with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by hosting a special screening on campus in the Full Sail Live venue this Friday, April 27th of the documentary “Goose” featuring the story of Hall of Fame legend Reece “Goose” Tatum who was elected as a member of the Class of 2011. The event will also include a Question and Answer opportunity with former Harlem Globetrotter player and owner Mannie Jackson who produced the film.  At the conclusion of the event, Mannie will hold a book signing of his memoir “Boxcar to Board Rooms.”

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to support the documentary ‘Goose’ as it celebrates the life of one of the true pioneers in the game of basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “We also salute Mannie Jackson for supporting this incredible story that needed to be told.”

“It’s an honor for Full Sail to present the first public screening of this wonderful documentary,“ said Josh Mora, Program Director of Sports Marketing & Media at Full Sail University. “It is perhaps an even greater honor that we get to share the amazing stories of two basketball and entrepreneurial legends – Goose Tatum and Mannie Jackson – in a way that will inspire our students in their future careers.”
 
The film chronicles Goose’s son, Reece Tatum III, and his journey to rediscover the story of his father, Goose Tatum, a man who many believe is among the most influential athletes in history. Reece III was just nine years old when his father died, but his memories of life on the road with the most famous athlete in the world in the 1940s and 1950s offer a unique perspective about the man who inspired hope for a generation of African Americans.

A true sports icon, Goose possessed a rare combination of basketball talent and comedic genius, which made him a household name around the world.  He was more than just the original “clown prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1948 and 1949, Goose was a key part of the famous Globetrotters team that beat George Mikan and the world champion Minneapolis Lakers in a memorable moment in basketball history.  His impact on the game is timeless as he invented plays such as the no-look pass and the no-look hook shot. With beginnings in Negro League baseball prior to his basketball career, Goose went on to become one of the most dynamic athletes of his time and the highest paid athlete in the world. In a segregated society, Goose reached across color lines to appeal to fans of all races. At the peak of his international fame and fortune, he did the unthinkable when he left the Globetrotters, pioneering the concept of free agency.

The event will take place at the Full Sail Live Venue, 141 University Park Drive in Winter Park, Florida.  Doors open at 2:30 pm and the film will begin at 3:00 pm sharp.  Limited seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis. The Q&A session will be available via live stream and can be accessed by using the link provided here: http://www.livestream.com/fullsailuniversity

About Mannie Jackson, Chairman, Boxcar Entertainment:
Mannie Jackson is the former owner and chairman of the Harlem Globetrotters. After taking the Globetrotters out of bankruptcy in 1992, Jackson led the company to 15 consecutive years of growth and record profit. Jackson’s entertainment business interests include the Broadway musical, The Art of Rock n’ Roll and the musical Las Vegas Revue. He was also partner and executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary film The Team That Changed The World, which premiered nationally in 2005 and is still syndicated today. The film has been distributed in more than 30 countries worldwide.

About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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