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."


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 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 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 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 or 413.739.6951 x172.


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:

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

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.


2012 Tip-Off Tournament Game Times and Pre-Sale Tickets 

Tip-Off Tournament begins November 17th at the Mohegan Sun Arena

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the final game times and that pre-sale tickets are now available for all games of this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.   The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets. 

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off tournament are: Loyola University Maryland (MAAC), Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri-Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), University of Washington (Pac-12).

Saturday, November 17 - (All games in one session)

12:00 pm   Norfolk State vs. Loyola-MD

2:30 pm     UMKC vs. Albany

5:00 pm     Ohio State vs. Rhode Island

7:30 pm     Seton Hall vs. Washington

Sunday, November 18 - (All games in one session)

11:30 am   Loser of 12 noon vs. Loser of 2:30 pm games from Saturday

2:00 pm     Winner of 12 noon vs. Winner of 2:30 pm games from Saturday

4:30 pm     Ohio State vs. [Washington OR Seton Hall - pending results from Saturday)

7:00 pm     Rhode Island vs. [Washington OR Seton Hall - pending results from Saturday)

Pre-sale of tickets for participating school fans will go on-sale with a special Ticketmaster password from their programs on April 23rd at 10 am ET.  General public tickets will be available starting July 23 via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  All tickets will be good for all of the games on each day of the tournament.  For up to date information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket and hospitality packages for the weekend games, log onto


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Recipients of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

Grant Hill, Jim Calhoun and Dr. Richard Lapchick selected as 2012 honorees

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Phoenix Suns guard Grant Hill, University of Connecticut men’s head coach Jim Calhoun and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport, Dr. Richard Lapchick, have been named this year’s winners of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.  The winners will be recognized on September 6th during events leading up to the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies.

“This years winners of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball’s Human Spirit Award - are truly exceptional individuals,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “They have each greatly contributed to the improving of their 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.

“We are proud to honor three of the most deserving selections since the award was established,” said Jackson.  “Having known all three personally, I admire their sustained work and contributions to both the game of basketball and their communities.”

Hill, Calhoun, and Lapchick 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 current NBA player Chauncey Billups and Samuel Dalembert; The V Foundation for Cancer Research; former Harlem Globetrotter and college basketball All-American Dr. John “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline; former Georgetown University center and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo; Hall of Famers David Robinson and Jim Boeheim; Philadelphia legend Sonny Hill; 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 2012

Representing the Professional Game:
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns Guard – Known for his positive attitude, strong work ethic and high moral code, Hill has routinely left his mark in a number of cities where he played professionally. He lends his support not only to a variety of national issues but to local issues as well. Hill was recently awarded a key to the city of Reston, Virginia, where he was raised with the proceeds from that reception going to the Medical Care for Children Partnership, which provides medical services for needy children in the county. Hill also appeared on behalf of Foot Locker and Fila, at a Detroit middle school to kick-off a program designed to replace backboards in 250 area schools. In addition, GMC Trucks sponsored his visit to the Michigan Special Olympics Women’s basketball team where he spoke, joked, and shot baskets with the players.

Representing the Amateur ranks:
Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Head Coach – Calhoun has used his success to champion many causes during his tenure at the University of Connecticut.  Having beaten cancer – twice, Coach Calhoun has devoted his time and money to help raise millions of dollars for cancer research and education.  In 1998, he and his wife established the Calhoun Cardiology Research Fund, donating $125,000 to the UConn Health Center.  Each year the Calhoun family host the Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive, which has raised over $1 million for the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare, providing over 1.6 million meals to families in need. Since 1994, Calhoun has served as honorary chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, another example of his continued efforts to impact his community.  Jim Calhoun was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Representing the Grassroots ranks:
Dr. Richard Lapchick – Often described as “the social conscience of sport,” Lapchick became the only person named as “One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sport” to head up a sport management program.  He remains President and CEO of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport and helped bring the NCAS national office to UCF. In December of 2006, Lapchick, his wife and daughter and a group of DeVos students formed the Hope for Stanley Alliance which is organizing groups of student-athletes and sports management students to go to New Orleans to work in the reconstruction efforts in the devastated Ninth Ward.  As of the fall of 2007, Hope for Stanley members have spent 19 weeks in the city in a partnership with the NOLA City Council.  Lapchick was named an honorary citizen by the New Orleans City Council in October 2007.

The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award Winners 2007-2011

2011 Award Winners
Representing the Professional game: Chauncey Billups
Representing the Amateur ranks: The V Foundation
Representing the Grassroots ranks: Dr. John “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline

2010 Award Winners
Representing the Professional ranks: Samuel Dalembert
Representing the Amateur ranks: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Representing the Grassroots ranks: Alfreda Harris

2009 Award Winners
Ken Hudson
Bob Lanier
Alonzo Mourning
2008 Award Winners
Sonny Hill
David Robinson
2007 Award Winner
Dikembe Mutombo