Thursday
Sep032009

NBA TV and NBA.com to Deliver Extensive Multiplatform Coverage of the 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend 

NBA.com Launches Special Hall of Fame Page to Highlight Careers of Class of 2009 NBA TV to Dedicate a Full Week of Programming to Inductees


NBA TV and NBA.com will provide extensive coverage during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend in Springfield, Mass., which culminates with the induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11. NBA.com will launch a special page on Friday, Sept. 4, featuring timelines detailing the impressive careers of the inductees, commentary and thoughts from TNT NBA announcers Ernie Johnson, Marv Albert, Doug Collins, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley, and retrospectives from NBA.com writers.

The 2009 class includes Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer; TNT analyst Doug Collins and New York Post writer Peter Vecsey will be recognized with the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Awards, while Johnny “Red” Kerr will be honored posthumously with the John Bunn Award, the Hall’s highest honor other than enshrinement.


To tip off NBA TV’s Hall of Fame coverage, the network will dedicate programming to each inductee during the week and will premiere exclusive 30-minute specials produced by NBA Entertainment. Monday, Sept. 7 will highlight the Utah Jazz player/coach duo of John Stockton and Jerry Sloan; Tuesday, Sept. 8 will feature Spurs great David Robinson; and Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10, will be dedicated to the legendary Michael Jordan.


The week will culminate on Friday, Sept. 11 starting with NBA TV’s exclusive, live broadcast of the Red Carpet Show prior to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Rick Kamla and featuring reporters David Aldridge and Craig Sager, the program will showcase the arrivals of the inductees and their special guests as well as provide interviews with attendees and Hall of Famers before the ceremony begins.


In addition to the special Hall of Fame page on NBA.com, the site will post exclusive interviews from the many special guests attending the ceremonies, including Hall of Famers, former NBA players and coaches. NBA.com will also post the inductees’ speeches following the ceremony, along with the video compilations, voiced by Mike Breen, that will air during the ceremony to highlight the great moments and many achievements of each inductee.


On Thursday, Sept. 10, NBA.com will stream live the Special Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET featuring Vecsey and Collins receiving the Curt Gowdy Media Awards, along with Ken Hudson, Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning, co-recipients of Mannie Jackson’s Basketball Human Spirit Award presented by CSX; and Kerr, recipient of the John Bunn Award.

NBA Digital is a landmark partnership between the NBA and Turner Sports to jointly manage the NBA’s digital assets, which include NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, NBADLeague.com and WNBA.com.


Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting, Inc., presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised and online sports programming. With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports’ line-up includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, professional golf, PGATour.com and PGA.com. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, NBADLeague.com and WNBA.com.


Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Monday
Aug312009

2009 Enshrinement: Media Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER

 

· 3:00 P.M. – TYLER’S COURT DEDICATION DeBerry School, Springfield (PUBLIC WELCOME)

· 6:00 – 6:45 P.M. Hall of Fame Family Reception – Hall of Fame MassMutual Rooms & Concourse (By Invitation only.)  

· 6:45 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Hall of Fame Family Reunion & Bunn/Gowdy Dinner featuring presentation of annual Bunn/Gowdy/Chairman’s Cup/Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Awards and a celebration of Hall of Fame Members from earlier Enshrinement Classes, CENTER COURT – Hall of Fame (Streamed on NBA.com) (By Invitation only.)

 

FRIDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER

 

· 10:00 AM - Class of 2009 Press Event – Center Court – Hall of Fame (Limited Ticket Availability)

· 10:00 AM Live Press Conference Feed

· Live on NBA TV and ESPN network

· 12:00 noon – Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Enshrinement Rally presented by Mohegan Sun with additional support from MassMutual Financial Group and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority – MassMutual Center (PUBLIC WELCOME)

· 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. – Live ESPN Radio Broadcast – The Doug Gottlieb Show, ESPN National Broadcast - Symphony Hall

· 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. – Live “Red Carpet” Telecast – NBA TV, Symphony Hall

· 6:30 – 9:00 PM – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony – Symphony Hall

· Live on ESPN & NBA TV

· Media (by Credential Only) at Mahogany Room, Second Floor, Symphony Hall

· 9:00 – 12:00 midnight. Hall of Fame Post-Enshrinement Gala – Hall of Fame (By invitation only)

 

 

SATURDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER

 

· 10:00 A.M. SHOTGUN START – MOHEGAN SUN ENSHRINEMENT GOLF INVITATIONAL (by Credential Only)

· 7:30 P.M. – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration and Ring Ceremony – Unca’s Ballroom, Mohegan Sun Resort (By Invitation Only)

Monday
Aug312009

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Tyler Ugolyn Foundation to dedicate “Tyler’s Court” in Springfield

Second Court Dedication in Western Mass is Tribute to former Columbia University NCAA Student-Athlete lost on 9/11

 

Springfield, MassAugust 31, 2009 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today it proudly will continue to assist the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation with its goal to support youth basketball by refurbishing urban courts in cities and towns throughout the United States. The unveiling and dedication of the newest “Tyler’s Court” will be held at Springfield’s William N. DeBerry Elementary School on Thursday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. as part of this year’s enshrinement events.

 

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation, as we celebrate Tyler’s passion for basketball and pay tribute to his lifelong desire to share his love of the game with children throughout the country,” said John L. Doleva, Hall of Fame President and CEO. “Thanks to the Ugolyn Foundation, there will be another ‘Tyler’s Court’ in Springfield, the birthplace of basketball. On a court bearing Tyler’s name, generations of youngsters will have the opportunity to learn more about the game and share in the joy that Tyler experienced when he played basketball.”

 

"On behalf of our family, we are very appreciative of the continuing support of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and, once again,the city of Springfield and the YMCA of Greater Springfieldin this unique private and public partnership. Tyler’s commitment to sharing his love of the game was demonstrated as a student-athlete at Columbia, where he helped establish a basketball clinic for Harlem area youngsters,” said Tyler’s father, Victor Ugolyn. "We continue to gain some comfort from Jackie Robinson's epitaph which states that the value of one's life is not determined bythe number of years,but bythe number of lives you've touched. It is very fitting that our belovedTyler's legacy of loving one another be again recognized, especially at this time of the year." 

 

This court in Springfield represents the fourth “Tyler’s Court,” all made possible by the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation. Court renovations were made in Detroit at the 2009 NCAA Final Four, in San Antonio at the 2008 NCAA Final Four and in Springfield, Massachusetts during the 2008 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. Both Tyler and his younger brother, Trevor, were born in Springfield, as was their father, Victor. Both parents, Diane and Victor, were raised in the city. In addition, Victor serves as a member of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, so the dedication and refurbishment of a second court in Springfield is particularly meaningful to Tyler’s family and the Foundation.

 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “We are deeply appreciative of the Ugolyn family’s effort to take the extremely unfortunate tragedy of their son’s passing on September 11th and turn it into such a positive legacy of Tyler’s love for basketball and for fostering positive paths for the youth of our community.”

 

Named in honor of Tyler Ugolyn, a former NCAA student-athlete in basketball at Columbia University who, at the age of 23, was a victim of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, the Foundation was established by Tyler's family to support youth basketball, with an emphasis on court refurbishment and providing character building educational programs and skills clinics to children in urban settings. The not-for-profit foundation, formed by the Ugolyn family in 2001, provides for court refurbishments, clinics and educational programs in cities at no cost to participants and organizations, with all funding provided by the Foundation. Each refurbished court will be named “Tyler’s Court’, so noted with a special plaque installed courtside, along with the words “I just love playing the game’, a quote attributed to Tyler while a high school player in his hometown of Ridgefield, CT.

 

At the court dedication, along with Tyler’s family and friends, will be Dan Chung, President and CEO of Fred Alger Management, generous supporters of the Foundation and this dedication. Tyler was an employee of Fred Alger Management, which lost most of its employees on 9/11. Also present at the dedication will be Sports Illustrated ‘s Jeff Pearlman, who profiled Tyler in the magazine in September 2001, and Tyler’s AAU coach Dave Cooks, currently head coach at Marquette University High School.

 

“This gift both honors the memory of Tyler Ugolyn and contributes substantially to the holistic development of children and youth in Springfield,”said James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. “Through this gift, the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation supports the YMCA in building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.”

Wednesday
Aug192009

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to Showcase NBA Finals Photo Exhibit by Andrew D. Bernstein

Senior NBA Photographer to Premiere NBA Finals Exhibit on August 20th

 

SPRINGFIELD, MA – August 19, 2009 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball, will exhibit original portrait and action sports photography depicting memorable match-ups and moments in the recent history of the NBA Finals, shot by Andrew D. Bernstein, Senior Director, NBA Photos.

 

The solo exhibition, previously showcased in Los Angeles during the 2009 NBA Finals, covers images of the NBA Finals captured by the lens of Bernstein from 1983 through 2009. The exhibit is part of a full series of new, interactive programming to honor the Hall’s “Class of 2009,” to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies scheduled for September 10-12, 2009.

 

“We encourage basketball fans from all over the world to plan a visit to Springfield and the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva. “We’ve been working hard to prepare for the enshrinement ceremonies surrounding the historic Class of 2009, and the Hall is filled with new exhibits and plenty of enthusiastic basketball fans enjoying the museum and playing our game. The wonderful NBA Finals photo exhibition by Andy Bernstein will join a brand new exhibit honoring 2009 inductee Michael Jordan to create an entire new wing of extraordinary basketball content to be enjoyed by basketball fans everywhere.”

 

Bernstein studied communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California before beginning his long association with the NBA as a founding member of the league’s photo division. For almost 30 years he has played a major role in chronicling the NBA’s history photographically. His work frequently appears in national publications such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Sporting News, Time, and Newsweek. Bernstein’s work regularly greets visitors to NBA.com and other worldwide Internet sites and publications. Bernstein has photographed nearly 150 NBA Finals games, the most by any photographer in the league’s 63-year history, and has captured some of the greatest moments in the league’s history, both on and off the court.

 

The exhibit consists of 30 photographs carefully selected by the photographer. “A lot of time and reminiscing went into choosing these photos,” said Bernstein. “Twenty-seven years of NBA Finals supplied me with an amazing collection of memorable moments. To be able to return to Western Massachusetts, where my dream started, and have my work displayed in the Hall of Fame is unbelievably thrilling,” added Bernstein. “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of the sport. The recognition doesn’t get any better than this.”

 

Bernstein’s exhibit will be on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame throughout the 2009-10 basketball season, including the weeks leading up to the 2009 enshrinement weekend of September 10-11-12th. There is no additional charge to visitors to experience this new and exciting exhibit.

Monday
Aug102009

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announces Hudson, Lanier, and Mourning as co-recipients of the 2009 Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

SPRINGFIELD, MA – (August 10, 2009) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Ken Hudson, Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning have been named as the 2009 co-recipients of The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award, presented by CSX. The award is presented annually to individuals who have been inspired from their participation in the game of basketball to use the game as a catalyst for both personal growth and change in their community.

 

"The recipients of the award have long embraced the core values of the game, including dedication, hard work and a commitment to others,” said Mannie Jackson, Chairman of the Board of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning are leaders in basketball’s global community while Ken Hudson is a leader at the local and regional levels who passed along his passion for the game to millions of youngsters in Massachusetts and Atlanta, alike. All three men truly represent the vision of this prestigious award.”

 

Now in its third year, the Mannie Jackson – Basketball Human Spirit Award has evolved into an honor that recognizes both national and local or regional grassroots efforts which depict an individual’s commitment to the game of basketball and its role in community service that transcends personal reward and literally challenges the human spirit.

 

Ken Hudson, the former Vice President Marketing Development and Director of Community Relations for the Coca-Cola Company, became the first person of color to referee a city high school basketball championship (1967) and later became a pioneering NBA referee, officiating in the league from 1968 to 1972 as one of the league’s earliest African-American game officials. He developed several Boston-area youth basketball programs and was named to the Board of Directors of multiple companies, including Coca-Cola’s New England Board of Directors. He is currently an observer of officials for the NBA.

  

Bob Lanier, a 14-year standout in the National Basketball Association, was an eight-time NBA All-Star following his All-American career at St. Bonaventure. Lanier, the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 NBA All-Star Game, played just over nine seasons in Detroit and four seasons in Milwaukee. He received numerous community service honors, including the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1978. From 1989 to 2005, Lanier chaired the NBA’s “Stay in School” program, NBA TeamUp Program and the league’s “Read to Achieve” initiative. From 2005-to the present day, Lanier, currently Special Assistant to the NBA Commissioner, remains as the NBA Cares Global Ambassador and has earned numerous awards from the United States Congress to the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy award, dedicated to the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2007.

 

Alonzo Mourning, a 15-year NBA veteran who earned a league championship ring in 2006 as a member of the Miami Heat, has made as much of an impact off the court as he did when he played on the court in the NBA and as a member of the famed Georgetown Hoyas where he earned three-time NCAA All-American honors. Mourning contributed to gold medal-winning efforts by USA Basketball at the 1994 World Championship in Toronto and the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney.

 

Mourning was diagnosed with a kidney disorder following the 2000 Olympics and was sidelined (2002-03) after he received a kidney transplant. All the while, Mourning ran off-season community relations programs such as “Zo’s Summer Groove” and “Zo’s Fund for Life” where he’s raised over $6 million dollars via the Alonzo Mourning Charities program. After the kidney transplant, the 2006 NBA title and his recent retirement from pro basketball, Mourning continued to be very active in the community and currently serves as a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

 

The trio of recipients of The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award were chosen by a blue ribbon committee comprised of national and international community leaders, Hall of Famers and others with significant experience and success in improving communities worldwide. The key criteria for award candidates included their history of embracing the core values of the game, but, beyond the game, candidates must reflect the values of Mannie Jackson’s life-long mission to overcome obstacles; challenge the status quo, take responsibility for his or her actions while seeking the highest standard of excellence. Award candidates will be a recognized leader and catalyst for change in their community and an individual who leads by example, demonstrates a philosophy of respectfulness, teamwork, commitment, and human compassion in all aspects of their lives

 

“We are proud to announce Ken Hudson, Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning as co-recipients of this very prestigious award”, said John L. Doleva, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO. “Their legacy and commitment on the court has only been surpassed by their lifetime dedication off the court, especially to their work as spokespersons for their charitable foundations and impact on a global basis. Mannie Jackson has established very high standards for this award and all three recipients have overwhelmingly exceeded those standards,” added Doleva.

 

In addition, The Mannie Jackson – Basketball Human Spirit Award provides two annual scholarships valued at $5,000 each to students that are pursuing a master’s degree in a sport management field. The scholarship criteria requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA while using basketball as a tool to give back within their respective communities. For 2009, Lauren Hood from the University of New Haven and Staunton Peck from the University of Wisconsin of La Crosse will be the recipients of the scholarship with recognition being given to both individuals during Enshrinement Weekend.

 

In 2007, Dikembe Mutombo was named as the inaugural winner of The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award while Sonny Hill and David Robinson earned the award as co-recipients in 2008. The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award, presented by CSX, will be presented during the Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Ceremony on Friday, September 11th when the Class of 2009 will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.