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.”

Monday
Aug242009

2009 Hoop Hall Enshrinement Excitement To Take Over The MassMutual Center September 11th At Noon For An Open To The Public Event!

Springfield, MA – August 18, 2009 –2009 Inductees will be making at stop at the MassMutual Center for an “Open to the Public” event on September 11th.  The 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees (Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton and C. Vivian Stringer) will be attending the Enshrinement Pep Rally on Friday, September 11th at Noon in the MassMutual Center Arena. If that wasn’t enough to draw fans to downtown, the NBA D-League will be bringing their, extreme fan interactive, D-League Jam Session to the MassMutual Center Exhibit Hall from 10am-6pm. Both events are FREE of charge and open to the public.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Enshrinement Pep Rally is presented by Mohegan Sun, MassMutual Financial Group and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

The Enshrinement Pep Rally will combine the excitement of the 2009 Enshrinement class with a remembrance tribute to 9/11. “
We're delighted to bring the Class of 2009 to the MassMutual Center for this terrific free public event that will link the riverfront to downtown during the upcoming Enshrinement weekend," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We appreciate the long-standing support from our friends at the MassMutual Center as they help us make this historic weekend accessible to fans and families throughout the region."

“The MassMutual Center will be a basketball playground for all ages on September 11th” says Global Spectrum’s Matt Hollander, General Manager of the MassMutual Center. “The City will be thriving with basketball excitement and so will the MassMutual Center.”

The D-League Jam Session will have activities will include; inflatables, bungee runs, games, sling shots competitions and more! Fans will also be able to test out the EA Sports new NBA Live 21 video game at the EA Live Lounge. The game will not be released until October, so this is the public’s chance to check it out before it hits the stores.

For more information on the Pep Rally and D-League Jam Session visit www.massmutualcenter.com

 

 

The MassMutual Center is managed by Global Spectrum and owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. The MassMutual Center is Western Massachusetts most diverse function space with over 100,000 sq ft of meeting space including a 40,000 sq ft flexible exhibit hall, eight fully-functional meeting rooms, a 15,000 sq ft ballroom, and an 8,000-seat arena. The facility is the proud home to the Springfield Falcons and Springfield Armor in addition to hosting family shows, concerts, meetings, social and corporate functions, sporting events and more.

 

Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) is the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 80 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The Philadelphia-based company is part of one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies, Comcast-Spectacor, which also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, a regional sports programming network, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, and Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency.In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.

Monday
Aug242009

Grey Flannel’s Sept. 12 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction Includes Incomparable Array of Superstars’ Jerseys, 1998 NBA Finals “Last Shot” Backboard 

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – Grey Flannel Auctions of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., has announced details of its Sept. 12, 2009 Fourth Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction and other special events associated with the 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

 

More than 70 returning Hall of Famers are expected to attend the three-day festivities honoring the Class of 2009, who will be inducted in an evening ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Those to be inducted are (alphabetically): Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton and C. Vivian Stringer.

 

Grey Flannel Auctions will host the weekend’s opening event on Sept. 10, an invitation-only pre-induction dinner for Hall of Famers, inductees and VIPs at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court. The highlight of the dinner will be the presentation of an extraordinary gift to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – the jersey that hardwood legend and Hall of Famer “Pistol” Pete Maravich (1947-1988) wore when he set the all-time NCAA Division I scoring record in 1970 – a distinction that remains on the books, unchallenged, to this day. The historical jersey is the property of collector David Miller, who will present it to honored guests Jackie and Josh Maravich, Pete’s widow and younger son. In turn, Jackie and Josh will formally present the jersey to the Hall of Fame, where it will remain in perpetuity.

 

On Saturday morning, Sept. 12, 2009, Grey Flannel will conduct a 250-lot auction of vintage basketball-related memorabilia at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Conn., approximately 70 miles from Springfield.

 

“This will undoubtedly be the finest and most exciting basketball auction we’ve ever produced,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president Richard E. Russek. “The items in this sale are so extraordinary that we aren’t even putting estimates on them. The fans will know the reserve amount on each item, and they will decide what the values should be.”

 

Two of the top lots to be auctioned are closely linked to 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Michael Jordan, and are iconic mementos of both his earliest and last days as a headline-grabbing superstar with the Chicago Bulls. A 1984-85 game-used and autographed Chicago Bulls rookie jersey – possibly the first NBA jersey ever issued to Jordan – is accompanied by a team letter and photo match. It carries a reserve of $25,000.

 

The second key lot with a Jordan connection is the actual complete backboard from the June 14, 1998 NBA Finals Game no. 6. In that unforgettable game that pitted the Chicago Bulls against the Utah Jazz, Michael Jordan took his last shot as a Bulls player, and in so doing, clinched the game and the championship for his team. The iconic backboard is entered in the sale with a $25,000 reserve.

 

A highly important Wilt Chamberlain Western Conference All-Star Game-used uniform with pristine provenance will be offered with a $25,000 reserve, while a 1955 Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks NBA All-Star Game-used rookie jersey, autographed by Pettit and accompanied by a Pettit LOA (letter of authenticity), has a $20,000 reserve.

 

A scarce 1972-73 Dave DeBusschere game-used New York Knicks road jersey from a Knicks championship season comes with a DeBusschere LOA – reserve: $10,000. Another rarity carrying a $10,000 reserve is the 1967-68 Nate Thurmond Golden State Warriors game-used and autographed road jersey. It comes with a Nate Thurmond LOA.

 

Luke Jackson’s 1970-71 Philadelphia 76ers game-used home jersey, Stew Johnson’s Pittsburgh Condors 1971-72 game-used road uniform, and Lee Davis’ game-used home jersey from the San Diego Conquistadors’ 1974-75 season all exhibit rare and desirable early styling. A stellar jewelry lot to be auctioned is Don Buse’s 1972-73 Indiana Pacers ABA World Championship ring.

 

Several premier articles in the sale pertain to the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. Within this prized selection are the earliest known photograph of Naismith, and his personal passport. Each will be offered with a reserve of $2,500.

 

Grey Flannel’s Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 auction will commence at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time, in the Brothertown Room of Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 06382. In addition to in-person and phone bidding, Grey Flannel welcomes absentee bids, including by phone and through its Web site www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. Internet live bidding will be available through www.LiveAuctioneers.com as the auction is taking place. Printed catalogs are free to all registered bidders. The fully illustrated electronic version of the catalog may be viewed online at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com.

 

For questions, or to obtain a catalog or register to bid, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; email gfcsports@aol.com.

 

About Grey Flannel & Grey Flannel Auctions:

 

Grey Flannel was founded in New York in 1989 by Richard Russek and Andy Imperato. With its respected team of experts and long-established friendships with athletes and their families, Grey Flannel rose to become the world's foremost authenticator and dealer of game-used jerseys. In 1994, Grey Flannel became the official appraisers and authenticators for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1998, the firm was hired by Sotheby's to authenticate the Barry Halper Uniform Collection, which rivaled in scope even that of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1999, Grey Flannel entered the auction arena, and since then has auctioned some of the most important sports memorabilia ever to reach the public marketplace, including Babe Ruth’s 1932 “Called Shot” uniform, which sold for more than $1 million.

Friday
Aug212009

Gatorade Celebrates Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame Induction with limited edition Jordan series of Gatorade Thirst Quencher

Six Collectible Labels, Three New Flavors Honor Jordan’s Career Then, Now and Forever

 

CHICAGO (July 13, 2009) – Gatorade and Michael Jordan share one of the most prominent and enduring partnerships in sports, and to commemorate the all-time great’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this fall The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), is unveiling the Limited Edition Jordan Series of Gatorade® Thirst Quencher. These new offerings, which will be available from early July until supplies last, celebrate several of Jordan’s legendary “G” moments – then, now and forever – and offer fans six opportunities to take home a piece of Jordan history.

 

“From its role fueling Michael Jordan on the court to the unforgettable ‘Be Like Mike’ ad campaign, Gatorade was as much a part of Michael’s game as his explosive leaps or his trademark fade-away,” said Sarah Robb O’Hagan, chief marketing officer for Gatorade. “Michael’s Hall of Fame induction is the latest ‘G’ moment in a career filled with them, and fans will certainly want to have a piece of history by collecting all six of these commemorative bottles.”

 

The Limited Edition Jordan Series features three new flavors of Gatorade Thirst Quencher which represent Jordan’s career then, now and forever. There are six variations in all, and each tells a portion of the Jordan story through pictures and words.  They include:

 

· Then – Championship Blue (Berry Cherry Blend): Two labels celebrate Jordan’s early rise to stardom. The first honors his days at E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C., where Jordan once was cut from the varsity basketball team. Jordan, who kept a stash of Gatorade in his garage to fuel his training, rebounded through increased guts and dedication to become the school’s best player. A second “then”-themed label showcases his time at the University of North Carolina, where Jordan famously hit the game-winning shot for the Tar Heels during the 1982 NCAA Finals.

· Now – Championship Gold (Citrus Orange Blend): Based on Jordan’s favorite Gatorade flavor, the citrus orange blend of Championship Gold turns the spotlight on Jordan’s enduring business acumen.  The first label displays his continuing role in the NBA as part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. The second label describes how Jordan took his golden touch to the world of “Superbikes” as founder of Michael Jordan Motorsports, where his winning team already won its first AMA Superstock Championship in 2008.

· Forever – Championship Red (Berry Blend): Two labels honor Jordan’s enduring legacy – the unforgettable memories that will enthrall fans forever. One label highlights his career accomplishments (six NBA championships and a host of individual records) while another label focuses specifically on Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, when despite waking that morning with flu-like symptoms Jordan courageously scored 38 points and led the Bulls to a pivotal victory, all while drinking Gatorade on the sidelines to provide the fuel he needed to compete.

 

Jordan utilized Gatorade to fuel great performances throughout his career and in 1991 the perennial All-Star signed a formal endorsement deal with Gatorade that continues today. Almost instantly the partnership put a stamp on sports and pop culture, beginning with the famous “Be Like Mike” advertising campaign which displayed a new, playful side of this intense competitor and quickly caught on with mainstream audiences. Since then both Gatorade and Jordan have flourished and reached new heights together. Jordan has appeared in more than 30 television commercials for Gatorade, including the “Michael vs. Mia” campaign with soccer legend Mia Hamm (1999-2000); the groundbreaking “23 vs. 39” ad which debuted during the Super Bowl in 2003 and featured Jordan playing and mentoring his 23-year-old self; and this year’s star-studded “What’s G?” campaign which launched the idea of “G” as a badge of pride for today’s athletes and active people.

 

The Limited Edition Jordan Series goes on sale at grocery, convenience and specialty stores beginning in early July until supplies last.

 

About Gatorade

The Gatorade Company is a division of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). The Gatorade hydration portfolio includes the nation’s leading sports drink, Gatorade® Thirst Quencher, as well as Gatorade Tiger™ Focus and G2®. Gatorade is designed to meet the needs of all athletes, no matter where they’re active. Gatorade is backed by more than 40 years of research and is scientifically formulated and athletically proven to quench thirst, replace fluids and electrolytes, and provide carbohydrate energy to enhance athletic performance. G2 is a low-calorie sports drink containing electrolytes, B vitamins and antioxidant vitamins C and E to support a healthy lifestyle. Gatorade Tiger Focus provides advanced hydration, carbohydrates, and theanine which together help promote hydration for mental focus. PepsiCo’s overall hydration portfolio includes leadership brands Gatorade, Propel®, Aquafina® and SoBe Life Water®. For more information, please visit www.gatorade.com and www.pepsico.com.

 

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.