Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership with GAW

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – May 13, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a marketing partnership making GAW High-Speed Internet (Great Auk Wireless) its “Official Internet Provider.”    

As part of the agreement, GAW will provide equipment, installation and management of the Hall’s WiFi connectivity throughout the year, including its annual Enshrinement Week events.  Both parties will also provide marketing support to each other during the year which includes exposure and branding on-site at the Hall of Fame Complex as well as reciprocal website links.  GAW, a Connecticut-based wireless Internet service provider (WISP) offers Internet, digital phone service and local HDTV throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to form this partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said H. Josh Garza, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GAW High-Speed Internet Inc.  “It is an honor to have a marketing affiliation with one of the most distinguished landmarks in New England, and to continue to offer Internet service to residents and businesses in our greater Springfield area.”

Garza explains that GAW is a natural for communities in desperate need of low-cost, high-quality broadband Internet and is a service with minimal environmental impact in areas of rough terrain and topography.

About GAW High-Speed Internet:

As New England’s largest high speed wireless Internet service provider, GAW offers to home subscribers and businesses, broadband wireless Internet access, digital phone, and TV.  GAW services are available throughout the greater Springfield, MA area as well as in communities in CT, NH, and VT where some of these communities are not otherwise served by standard cable or telephony based broadband Internet services.  GAW represents an alternative to traditionally wired services with lower cost and faster deployment versus cable or DSL.  For more information, visit or call 1.855.GAW-SPEED.

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.  For more information, visit or call 1.877.4.HOOPLA… on Facebook: on Twitter: @hoophall


Basketball Hall of Fame to Participate in Green Travel Initiative

MassDOT & NuRide partnership rewards commuters for environment-friendly travel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – May 3, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and NuRide, in a new green travel initiative. This program will reward individuals with a discounted admission offer to the Hall of Fame when they take greener trips such as carpooling, biking, walking, or other means of alternative and eco-efficient travel, in place of driving alone.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to partner with NuRide and MassDOT, in an effort to help improve the environmental sustainability of our community and region, “ said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to add this partnership to the already outstanding green projects currently being endorsed in the City of Springfield and surrounding communities.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame to reward commuters for taking a greener trip,” said NuRide CEO Rick Steele, “which reduces traffic, cleans the air, and puts more money in each person’s pocket which is good for businesses and the economic vitality of every community we serve.“

To participate in the program, individuals can sign up for free on the NuRide web site at and earn points for taking greener trips such as walking, biking, telecommuting, carpooling, vanpooling, or taking public transportation. Points can then be redeemed for special rewards from great local companies participating in the program, like the Buy One-Get One admission offer extended by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

About NuRide, Inc.:

NuRide is the nation’s largest rewards program for individuals who take greener trips, which include walking, biking, telecommuting, carpooling, vanpooling and taking public transportation. NuRide is a free service and is supported by sponsors who provide special offers to NuRide members for taking greener trips and reducing global warming, traffic congestion, and energy consumption. In Massachusetts, NuRide is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. For more information on NuRide, please visit

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.


Grant Hill Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors

Becomes First Current Player Ever Elected to Board

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that NBA star Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns has been elected to the Board of Governors for a three-year term.  He is the first current player to ever serve on the Hall of Fame’s Board.  He will serve as one of 22 members of the Board of Governors, which is chaired by Jerry Colangelo.

“It is truly an honor to be included as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors and to represent the living history of basketball,” said Hill.  “It is important for the current generation of players to get involved with the Hall to be help recognize the ambassadors of the game before us.”

As one of the most versatile players ever to play in the NBA, Hill has had a successful career playing with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and now the Suns.  He began his career at Duke University where he helped the Blue Devils win National Championships in 1991 and 1992.  After being drafted third overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Pistons, he was named the co-NBA Rookie of the Year in 1995 and went on to become a seven-time NBA All-Star.  He was named All-NBA First Team in 1997 and has also received three NBA Sportsmanship awards in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

“Grant Hill has been one of the most dedicated, honorable and well-respected individuals the game has ever seen,” said Colangelo.  “The Board recognized that Grant has offered a high level of leadership and integrity both on and off the court for so many years at all levels of the game.”

The Board of Governors serves as the group responsible for overseeing the management of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Made up of individuals that work in or have worked in the game as well as business leaders that have supported the game, the Board oversees the governance of the Hall and its election process as well as to determine ways to raise revenue and awareness.  The Board of Governors are ambassadors for the Hall promoting its core mission, which is to celebrate the greatest moments and people in basketball.

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.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors:

Valerie Ackerman, Former President, WNBA & USA Basketball

George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports

Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, President, CEO and Owner, Manna, Inc.

Greg Butler Senior V.P. & General Counsel, Northeast Utilities

Jerry Colangelo (Class of ‘04), Chairman, Board of Governors and Chairman, USA Basketball

Jody Conradt (Class of ‘98), Former Head Coach, University of Texas

Charles Denson, President, Nike Brand, Nike Inc.

George Dickerman, Chairman (Retired), Spalding Sports  

Russ Granik, Deputy Commissioner, (Retired) NBA

Robin Harris, Executive Director, The Ivy League

Grant Hill, Player, NBA’s Phoenix Suns

Mannie Jackson, Chairman (Retired), Harlem Globetrotters International

William Koenig, NBAE EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, NBA

Joel Litvin, President, League & Basketball Operations, NBA

Joseph LoBello, Chairman (Retired), Peoples Bank

Harvey Mackay, Chairman & Founder, MackayMitchell Envelope Co.

Greg Shaheen, Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances

Tom Stultz, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, IMG College

Mark Tatum, Executive VP, Global Marketing Partnerships, NBA

Jim Taubenfeld, Attorney, CPA & CFO, Me Salve, Inc.

Victor Ugolyn, Chairman, Wisdom Tree Trust, Chairman, MONY Securities (Retired)

Elaine Wynn, Director, Wynn Resorts


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2011 - Mullin, Rodman, Gilmore and VanDerveer Headline Distinguished Group

Edwards, Sabonis, Tatum, Magee, Sanders and Winter also to be Enshrined in Springfield, Mass. on August 12th

HOUSTON, Tex. and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that 10 individuals have been named as the Class of 2011 to be honored August 11-13 during this year’s Enshrinement Ceremonies, presented by NIKE.  The inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore and four-time NCAA women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; in addition to 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.  The announcement was made at a press conference in Houston, the site of the 2011 NCAA Final Four.

“We are pleased to welcome these 10 electees who will join the greatest in the game and take their rightful place in Springfield as a Hall of Famer,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 is a true global representation of the game of basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board.  “These distinguished players and coaches have made an impact at all levels worldwide and they have motivated, taught and inspired future generations to succeed both on and off the court.”

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This year, in addition to the Veterans and International committees, there are directly elected enshrinees from two other newly formed committees representing the American Basketball Association (ABA) and Early African-American Pioneers of the Game.  This change in the selection process will ensure that the Hall of Fame takes the necessary steps to preserve the history of the game and protect a critical era of basketball.

“The addition of the ABA and Early African-American Pioneers of the Game committees make sure we bring historical context to the modern game and meet our mission of recognizing the entire game,” said Colangelo.  “This generation built a foundation for the sport and the Hall of Fame is dedicated to making sure that they do not go unrecognized.”

The Class of 2011 will be enshrined during a week of events culminating on Friday, August 12 in Springfield, Massachusetts followed by a special ceremony at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday, August 13.  Ticket packages to the 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5550.  Additional information on Enshrinement Week will be announced in the near future, and information will be available at


Women’s Committee:

TERESA EDWARDS – Player, was the first American basketball player to participate in five Olympic games – winning gold in four of them and bronze in the fifth.  In college, she was a two-time Kodak All-America selection while leading Georgia twice to the Final Four.  For her efforts, she has been elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, National High School Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and US Olympic Hall of Fame.  Elected as a Player from the Women’s Committee.

TARA VANDERVEER – Coach, began her collegiate coaching career in 1978 and continues today at Stanford University.  She has guided the Cardinal to two NCAA championships and this year became only the fifth Division I head coach to surpass 800 wins.  At the International level, she has won Olympic gold in 1996 as well as gold in the Goodwill Games and World University Games.  She has been named national coach of the year four times and has guided teams to eight Final Fours. Elected as a Coach from the Women’s Committee.

International Committee:

ARVYDAS SABONIS – Player, known as one of best big men in European history, he made an additional name for himself here in the United States with the NBA.  Known for his all round excellence and skill, he’d win Olympic gold and bronze as well as European championship gold with the Soviet Union and Lithuania between 1985 and 1996.  Recognized as one of the greatest passing centers of all time, he also would be named the Euroleague’s Most Valuable Player and was a two-time European Player of the Year.  In the NBA, he would play with the Portland Trailblazers between 1995-2001 and 2002-2003.  Elected as a Player from the International Committee.

Early African-American Pioneers of the Game Committee:

REECE “GOOSE” TATUM – Player, was the original clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters and would be known as a basketball ambassador around the world for more than 25 years. He began his career in the 1940s as a baseball player for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro National League.  As a Globetrotter, he would play the important pivot position in the Globetrotter offense and was one of the first to shoot the hook shot with an arm span of 84-inches.  He is also an enshrinee of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.  Elected as a Player from the Early African-American Pioneers Committee.  (Born: May 31, 1921; Died Jan. 18, 1967)

ABA Committee:

ARTIS GILMORE – Player, member of the ABA 30-Man All-Time Team, would win one ABA championship and be named the ABA league and playoff Most Valuable Player.  His ABA career would also include All-ABA First Team honors five times, and All-ABA Defensive Teams four times. In the NBA, he would be named to six NBA All-Star Teams between 1977-1988. For his playing career, he would score more than 24,000 points and averaged a double/double in both professional leagues.  Elected as a Player from the ABA committee.

Veterans Committee:

TOM “SATCH” SANDERS – Contributor, a New York native who was a member of eight Boston Celtics championship teams between 1961 and 1969, playing a critical role in the teams’ legendary defensive success. Retiring as a player, he would coach at both Harvard University and with the Boston Celtics.  Following his coaching career he would be instrumental in the development of the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program and was a founder of the player programs for the NBA, which served as the benchmark for league sports throughout the world.  He has been enshrined into multiple Halls of Fame, served in critical roles for the Legend’s Foundation and is the associate director for the study of sport in society at Northeastern University.  His remarkable career in basketball resulted in his recognition with the Hall of Fame’s John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.  Elected as a Contributor from the Veteran’s Committee.

North American Committee Finalists:

HERB MAGEE – Coach, he has won more than 900 games at Division II Philadelphia University where he has coached since 1966.  His victory count is good for first all-time in NCAA basketball history for any level and he continues to be active today at Philly U.  He has guided the school to 25 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, has won 20 or more games in 30 years and has one NCAA National Championship.  Elected as a Coach from the North American Committee.

CHRIS MULLIN – Player, a high school All-America from New York City, he was a five-time NBA All-Star and collegiate standout at St. John’s, where he was named Big East Player of the Year an unprecedented three times.  He won two Olympic gold medals, including one as a member of the 1992 ‘Dream Team’, and his 16 NBA seasons with Golden State and Indiana produced over 17,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.  He was an NBA First Team pick in 1992, and still holds the all-time scoring record at St. John’s, where he was named the Wooden Award Winner and a Sporting News All-America in 1985.  Elected as a Player from the North American Committee.

DENNIS RODMAN – Player, known for his extraordinary rebounding and defensive skills – he would win five NBA championships, three with Chicago and two with Detroit.  Named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year twice, he was named to a total of seven All-Defensive first teams while being selected to two NBA All-Star games.  His rebounding statistics still rank as some of the best in history.  Elected as a Player from the North American Committee.

TEX WINTER – Coach, began his coaching career in 1947 as an assistant with Kansas State University and continued at the collegiate and NBA levels until 2006.  He was part of nine NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and is known for building the foundation of the triangle-post offense, which helped form dynasties at the Bulls and Lakers.  He was the youngest coach in college basketball history to receive Coach of the Year honors and guided Kansas State to six NCAA appearances and two Final Fours.  Elected as a Coach from the North American Committee.

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.


Chauncey Billups, V Foundation and “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline Winners of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts today announced that New York Knicks guard Chauncey Billups, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and former Harlem Globetrotter and college basketball All-American Dr. John “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline, have been named winners of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.  The winners will be recognized on August 11 during events leading up to the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies.

“We are delighted to honor such a remarkable group for their contributions to the basketball community with The Mannie Jackson, Basketball’s Human Spirit Award,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “This year’s recipients have truly made a measurable impact through their selflessness, leadership and determination in the communities and constituencies they serve.”

The criteria for award winners includes embracing the core values of the game through hard work, dedication, and resilience;  striving to continuously improve the community they serve, and making an ongoing commitment to others.  Beyond the game, award winners must reflect the values of Mannie Jackson’s life-long mission to overcome obstacles and challenge the status quo, while taking responsibility for personal actions and seeking the highest standard of excellence.

Billups, The V Foundation and Kline were chosen from a group of six finalists after nominations were screened by a selection committee, appointed by the Hall of Fame and Mr. Jackson. Beginning in 2009, the finalists were grouped in three categories, representing the professional, amateur and grassroots levels of basketball.

Previous winners of the award include former Georgetown University center and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo; Hall of Famers David Robinson and Jim Boeheim; Philadelphia legend Sonny Hill; current NBA player Samuel Dalembert; and 2009 tri-winners, former NBA official Ken Hudson, Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and former NBA All-Star and Georgetown standout Alonzo Mourning.

The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award Winners 2011

Representing the Professional Game:

Chauncey Billups, New York Knicks Guard – Known as one of the NBA’s true community leaders, Billups has routinely left his mark in a number of cities where he played professionally. In 2006, the five-time NBA all-star began his involvement in the Porter/Billups Leadership Academy with Regis University in Denver by pledging $100,000 to the program which helps selected youngsters with life/educational goals and provides help with college tuition to attend Regis.  He also continues to be affiliated with The Children’s Center, a charity that has helped enrich the lives of Detroit area youth since 1929 and served as the celebrity host of its Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.

Representing the Amateur ranks:

The V Foundation, Charitable Organization – The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary basketball coach at North Carolina State.  During the past 18 years, it has raised more than $100 million and awarded cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia, with an astounding 100 percent of all new direct cash donations and net event proceeds to cancer research and related programs. The Award also recognizes the countless collegiate coaches and others in the game that annually make the V Foundation their priority charity as they assist in fighting cancer in their own communities.

Representing the Grassroots ranks:

Dr. John “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline, Former Harlem Globetrotter – As a member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1950s, Kline was one of the original ambassadors in the game of basketball.  The All-American was the 1952 Athlete of the Year at Wayne State University and a finalist in the United States Olympic trials for track before he joined the Globetrotters.  During the 1960s, he fell into nine years of drug and alcohol addiction, however, he pushed himself to return to Wayne State where he earned his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees in history and philosophy of education.  He started his own company on health promotion and wellness and was appointed by Detroit’s Mayor as Director of Drug Prevention Services where he served for seven years. He became the Director of Drug Free Schools and Communities for the Detroit Public Schools. In 1986, Dr. Kline developed the Youth Athletic Enrichment Program (YAEP) in Detroit’s Middle Schools.  This after-school educational program is successful and continues today.  He also founded The Black Legends of Basketball in 1996, an organization that recognizes pioneers in the game of basketball.

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.