Thursday
Feb112010

The Basketball Hall of Fame is Filled with Fun for Everyone During February Vacation Week

Museum Offers Special Events For the Whole Family

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will offer a wide variety of activities to entertain the whole family during the school vacation week, February 13th – February 21st, 2010.  The World’s Finest Sports Museum will be host to special appearances, skills clinics, films, contests and games that offer great fun for the entire family!

The vacation fun begins on Saturday, February 13th as the Hall of Fame is joined by the University of Chicago Men’s Basketball team, who will offer an exclusive skills and drills clinic at 11:30 AM for those in attendance.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see three-time UAA Coach of the Year, Mike McGrath and members of the Maroons as they make their only trip to New England this season.

On Sunday, February 14th, the Hall of Fame will host an all day event that includes a free film festival in the Hall of Fame Theater with a documentary on the past 100 years of UMASS Basketball, as well as a screening of a popular children’s basketball movie.  Prizes will also be given out to winners of the day’s Free Throw and Three Point Contests.

On Monday, February 15th, Rainbow, the King of Comedy Basketball will make an appearance at the Hall of Fame at 1:00 PM.  Rainbow has been in show basketball for over 25 years, a career which has spanned the entire globe.  Come and be apart of his performance on the Hall of Fame’s Center Court for what is sure to be an unforgettable afternoon of family fun and laughter!

On Wednesday, February 17th, the Hall of Fame welcomes members of the Springfield Technical Community College Men’s Basketball team at 11:00 AM as coaches and players bring visitors through a college level practice and skills session.

On Thursday, February 18th, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters stop by at 1:00 PM for some fun, including their timeless “magic circle”.  The Globetrotters will also be available for autographs for visitors.

On Friday, February 19th, Boston Celtics Mascot Lucky the Leprechaun will put on a show at 1:00 PM as he marvels the crowd with his high flying acrobatics, followed by an autograph session.

On Saturday, February 20th, come shoot hoops and get your photo taken with Steal, mascot of the Springfield Armor as he stops by to have some fun with those in attendance.

Vacation week concludes on Sunday, February 21st with another day of historic basketball films and lively contests on the Hall of Fame’s Center Court.

The Hall of Fame is open daily during February vacation week from 10am – 4pm on Sunday – Friday and until 5pm on Saturday. Regular adult admission is $16.99 and $11.99 for ages 5-15.  Under 5 years is FREE.  Senior Citizens can enjoy a discount admission of $13.99.  Annual Pass is $39.99.  Parking is FREE.  For information on groups of 15 or more or multi-day tickets go to www.hoophall.com or call 877-4HOOPLA.

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, international, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

Tuesday
Feb092010

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces New Governance Structure

SPRINGFIELD, MA – February 9, 2010 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a new structure for its Board of Governors and Trustees that will help guide the future initiatives of the sports museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball. In addition to the changes in structure, Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, announced that seven new Board members and six new trustees have been added to support the Hall as it grows its business and global impact.

“We are proud to announce this strategic change in the governance structure of the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Colangelo. “Our goal was to create a Board of Governors for the Hall that represents the diversity of the game of basketball while recognizing the key constituents of our game.  The new Board members will bring a wealth of new energy and experience as they work together with local representatives of the Springfield region and key influencers from the national sports and entertainment industry, including many of our great Hall of Famers themselves.”

Joining the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors are George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN and ABC Sports and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; Junior Bridgeman, CEO of Bridgeman Foods Inc. and former President of the NBA Players Association; Jody Conradt, former head coach at the University of Texas, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998; Charles Denson, President of the NIKE Brand; Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008; Tom Stultz, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, College Sports for IMG; and Elaine Wynn, board member of the Wynn Resorts Ltd.

In addition, the Hall of Fame named several high level executives to serve as Trustees, including Frank Colaccino, CEO Colvest Group; Mitchell Etess, CEO Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino; Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the NBA Players Association; David Pace, founder of Pace Sports and former Reebok General Counsel; George Raveling, NIKE Global Basketball Director; and Dr. Glenn Wong, Professor of Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts.

“I would like to thank Jerry Colangelo and the members of the Hall’s Board Development and Governance Committee who worked with us to design a structure that will maximize the effectiveness of the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “I am looking forward to working with the new Board members and Trustees to grow the Hall’s presence on a local, national and international basis during this important and exciting time for our organization.”

 

Friday
Feb052010

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Final Eleven Candidates For 2010 Bob Cousy Award

List of 73 narrowed to 20, now down to 11, Fan Voting Begins

FEBRUARY 5, 2010  - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts today announced the final 11 candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.  This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy.  An original list of 73 candidates made up of players from Division I, II and III schools was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20 and has now narrowed that list to a final 11.

“This final list of 11 players represents the cream of the crop in college basketball at the point guard position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “We look forward to recognizing the nation’s top college basketball point guard and wish all the candidates best of luck.”

"We are proud to be a part of a growing tradition at the Basketball Hall of Fame and congratulate this year’s Bob Cousy Award finalists. This award promotes the values of leadership, vision, teamwork and integrity, skills that are not only needed on the basketball court but also in life," said Mike Concannon, executive vice president of sales and distribution at The Hartford. “These values are shared by The Hartford and reflect the high standards set by Mr. Cousy to inspire people on and off the court to achieve what is ahead of them.”

Beginning February 5, via the Bob Cousy Award’s website – www.cousyaward.com – fans will be able to vote for the top point guard.  The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote.  Fan voting will run one month – beginning February 5 and will conclude March 5.

The current listing of 11 finalists for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford will be narrowed down to five players by March 1st.  The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.  These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers.  The winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford will be awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 5th in Indianapolis as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

 

2010 Bob Cousy Award Finalists

Matt Bouldin - Gonzaga

Sherron Collins - Kansas

Devan Downey – South Carolina

Trevon Hughes – Wisconsin

Jeremy Lin – Harvard

Kalin Lucas – Michigan State

Ronald Moore – Siena

Scottie Reynolds - Villanova

Jon Scheyer - Duke

Greivis Vasquez – Maryland

John Wall - Kentucky

 

About The Hartford:

Celebrating nearly 200 years, The Hartford (NYSE: HIG) is an insurance-based financial services company that serves households, businesses and employees by helping to protect their assets and income from risks, and by managing wealth and retirement needs. A Fortune 500 company, The Hartford is recognized widely for its service expertise and as one of the world’s most ethical companies. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at www.thehartford.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 on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Wednesday
Feb032010

Basketball Hall of Famer Richard "Dick" McGuire Passes Away At The Age of 84

(Springfield, MA) - Richard McGuire, voted the best player in St. John’s University history and seven-time NBA All Star passed away today at the age of 84.  McGuire was a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1993.

Upon learning of McGuire's passing, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's President and CEO, John L. Doleva released the following statement, "Dick McGuire was a true friend to the sport of basketball and to the Hall of Fame.  He was beloved by so many and left an indelible mark as both a collegiate and professional player, as well as an outstanding coach."

McGuire, born on January 25, 1926 in New York, NY, played his college basketball under Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick at St. John’s University.  He would be selected as a Helms Foundation All-American in 1944 while leading St. John’s to the NIT Championship.  McGuire would receive the Haggerty Award in 1944 and 1949 which is symbolic of New York’s outstanding college basketball player and was voted as the best player in St. John’s history.  Along with his brother Al, former head coach at Marquette University, the McGuires comprise the only brother Hall of Famer tandem.  McGuire would play in the NBA with the New York Knicks from 1949-1957 and the Detroit Pistons from 1957 – 1960.  He would be selected to seven NBA All-Star games over the course of his career and led the Knicks to three-straight NBA Finals appearances from 1951 – 1953.  McGuire would coach in the NBA for seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks, leading his teams to the playoffs five times.

Monday
Feb012010

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Winners of 2010 Morgan Wootten Award

Award Recognizes excellence in high school coaching

SPRINGFIELD, MASS - -FEBRUARY 1, 2010 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 2010 winners of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball.  The annual awards, one for boys’ basketball and one for girls’ basketball, is named after the only coach enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame that exclusively coached high school basketball, Morgan Wootten. 

The 2010 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for boys’ basketball is Robert Hughes.  Coach Hughes coached I.M. Terrell and Fort Worth Dunbar High School in Texas for 47 years prior to his retirement in 2005.  In his tenure, Coach Hughes collected five state championships and posted 1,333 victories which is the most wins in high school basketball history.  He passed Morgan Wootten’s record for victories in 2003.  For his efforts, Coach Hughes has been enshrined into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame.

The 2010 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for girls’ basketball is Rick Insell.  Coach Insell, who is currently coaching Middle Tennessee State University, coached Shelbyville Central High School for 28 years.  He guided Shelbyville Central High School to 10 TSSAA Class AAA state championships, two USA Today National Championships and compiled a 775-148 record over 28 years.  One of the pioneers of women’s basketball in the state of Tennessee, he is one of four coaches enshrined into the National High School Hall of Fame. 

“The selection of these two legendary high school coaches for this year’s Morgan Wootten Award continues the Hall of Fame’s goal of honoring excellence in the sport of basketball at all levels,” said John. L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “These coaches have touched the lives of hundreds of basketball players and we are proud to recognize their lifetime achievement at the high school level.”

“Robert Hughes and Rick Insell represent the very finest in high school basketball.  As outstanding teachers, coaches and role models, they have touched the lives of thousands of young people.  I am extremely pleased that I will able to present the Lifetime Achievement Awards to these fine coaches,” said Hall of Fame Class of 2000 member Morgan Wootten.

The Morgan Wootten Award winners were selected by a nationally based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors and others that have significantly impacted the game.  The awards will be presented by Morgan Wootten at the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game events this March in Columbus, Ohio. 

Previous award boys’ basketball award winners have included Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy, NY), Joe Gallagher (St. John’s College, DC) and Ralph Tasker (Hobbs High School, NM).  Previous winners of the girls’ basketball award have included Leta Andrews (Granbury High School, TX), Jim Smiddy (Bradley Central, TN) and Dorothy Gaters (Chicago Marshall, IL).

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 on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA