Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase; Friday, December 9th at the MassMutual Center

Event adds fourth game match up between Fairfield University and Old Dominion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the addition of Fairfield University and Old Dominion to the 2011 Holiday Showcase schedule held at the MassMutual Center on Friday, December 9th. The event will include featured match-ups from all three NCAA Divisions, with a Division I doubleheader including UMass, Siena, Fairfield University and Old Dominion.

 “We are excited to work in conjunction with three of our neighbor institutions as well as new MAAC friends to develop a great celebration of college basketball for Western Massachusetts,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Hall of Fame hopes that the Holiday Showcase becomes an annual mainstay in our basketball community.” 

The Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase will tip-off with Division II schools AIC and Philadelphia University at 3:00 pm. Philadelphia is coached by Herb Magee, the all-time NCAA wins leader at any level and was recently Enshrined into the Hall of Fame this past summer. A Division III matchup between Springfield College and Trinity College will follow at 5:00 pm finishing with a Division I doubleheader. The 7:00 pm game will feature UMass and Siena with the final game between Fairfield and Old Dominion University starting around 9:00 pm.

 Tickets will be priced at $20 and $10. Tickets will be good for all four games and go on sale Tuesday October 18 at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster outlets or the MassMutual Center box office during business hours. 

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.


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Hall of Fame Legal Counsel Craig Brown Presented with 2011 Chairman's Cup

Brown was integral part of new Basketball Hall of Fame development

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame announced that A. Craig Brown was presented with the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup, an honor recognizing Brown’s support to the Hall of Fame through the years.  The award was presented at the annual Reunion Dinner this evening on Thursday, August 11th.

“Craig Brown has been a tremendous supporter of the Hall and we are honored to present him with the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jerry Colangelo.  “We would like to thank him for his hard work, dedication and vision of success for the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Brown was born in Springfield in 1952.  He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1974, and Georgetown University Law in 1977.  That same year, Brown joined the law form of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, where he has developed a broad business practice, with particular emphasis on commercial real estate development, leasing, and commercial finance. He has been involved in a number of the largest real estate development projects in Western Massachusetts, including representation as counsel for the Basketball Hall of Fame in connection with its Springfield riverfront project.

“Craig was a part of the new Basketball Hall of Fame planning and execution from day one and extremely passionate about promoting his hometown as the Birthplace of Basketball by development of the World’s Finest Sports Museum on the Riverfront,” said Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO, John L. Doleva. “His involvement has been instrumental in our growth and he has been a true ambassador for many institutions in the Springfield community.”

For seven years, Brown was an adjunct faculty member at Western New England College School of Law and is a trustee of American International College and New Leadership Charter School. He has also been actively involved in a substantial number of housing projects throughout Western Massachusetts and provides pro bono counsel to the Springfield School Volunteers, the Springfield Urban League and other non-profit organizations, and serves on the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County. He is a past chair of U.S. Lacrosse, Inc., the sport's national governing body, and currently serves on its board of directors and as its counsel.

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.


Goose Tatum Documentary To Air During 2012

Boxcar Entertainment, in Partnership with TeamWorks Media, Producing “Goose,” Chronicling the Life of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legend

CHICAGO, IL – Mannie Jackson, chairman of Boxcar Entertainment, in association with TeamWorks Media, announced the production of a new documentary that will celebrate Hall of Fame legend Reece “Goose” Tatum. The film, currently titled Goose, will be released in 2012. Tatum was posthumously elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 and enshrined on Friday, August 12.

Jackson, former chairman and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, is the driving force behind educating the world about the man nicknamed “Goose.” “This is an important untold story about human conditions, greatness and an American hero. The impact of this athlete and celebrity is still very much felt today,” said Jackson.

The film will chronicle 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.

Earlier this year, Reece received a call from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame asking him to accept basketball’s highest honor on behalf his father, including a speech on national television at the enshrinement. The call sparked an emotional quest for Reece to learn about the true impact and influence of Goose on the sport of basketball, race and himself. That discovery included encounters with some of the most impactful names in basketball, including NBA legends such as Oscar Robertson, Dr. J, Marques Haynes and Bill Walton, among others.

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 ‘Trotters team that beat George Mikan and the world champion Minneapolis Lakers in a seminal 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.

This marks the latest sports documentary partnership between Mannie Jackson and TeamWorks Media following the critically-acclaimed, The Team That Changed The World. Team aired nationally on PBS in 2005 and revealed how the Harlem Globetrotters helped to break the color barrier in professional basketball and documented the team’s influence on the world view of America. TeamWorks Media also produced two acclaimed sports films, including The Street Stops Here, the story of legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. and his journey toward a 25th state championship; and Disco Demolition 25th Anniversary: The Real Story, a documentary examining the Chicago White Sox promotion that quickly became a cultural phenomenon and an influential moment in music history, symbolizing the end of disco music.

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 TeamWorks Media:
TeamWorks Media is a Chicago-based sports and entertainment content company. TeamWorks Media’s portfolio includes original television programming, branded entertainment and integrated marketing campaigns for an extensive client list, including the Big Ten Conference, ESPN, PBS, and The company specializes in producing inspirational stories using sports as a vehicle for social impact. These stories are discovered, acquired and developed as the centerpiece of marketing initiatives across a variety of media platforms. For additional information, visit


Bob Delaney sheds light on PTSD in new book, Surviving the Shadows, in memorable weekend at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 6, 2011) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Legends of the Game series continued this weekend with recently retired elite NBA referee and author Bob Delaney at Center Court.

Paul Lambert, Vice-President of Guest Experience and Programming at the Hall of Fame, led the interview of Delaney's career on and off the court – from his days as a New Jersey State Trooper who went undercover for nearly three years infiltrating organized crime to his 25-year NBA career, along with his work with Post-Traumatic Stress and those who serve us: law enforcement, firefighters, emergency workers and the military.  

Delaney was at the Hall of Fame for an early launch of his new book, Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress (Sourcebooks), co-authored by national award-winning journalist Dave Scheiber.

Delaney told his personal story in his first book, Covert, My Years Infiltrating the Mob (Sterling Publishing), also co-written with Scheiber and named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today. Delaney has provided presentations on PTS and PTSD for the past 30 years and in Surviving the Shadows, you will find his uplifting journey through powerful and inspiring stories of perseverance and personal courage.

Along the way, Delaney introduces medical experts who have developed groundbreaking methods in dealing with the disorder and explores one-of-a-kind therapy programs for PTSD sufferers. He says "while an individual is going through Post Traumatic Stress, family and friends are going through Active Traumatic Stress as they try to make sense of what is taking place – this human condition has a ripple affect to loved ones.”

Delaney supports peer-to-peer therapy as the first line of defense in the PTSD battle. He says: "Cops need to talk cops, firefighters to firefighter, soldiers to soldiers, combat spouses to combat spouses and combat mom's and dad's to combat mom's and dad's."

Delaney spoke with teams of law enforcement and military playing in the Hoops and Heroes basketball tournament played at the Hall of Fame to benefit Special Olympics and threw up the ceremonial opening jump ball at the championship game.

The powerful weekend was capped with Delaney getting deputized by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. He then spoke at Westover Air Base sharing his PTS/PTSD message with members of the military and civilians, sharing an important message of hope for the men and women who serve us in ways many of us will never know.


‘Hoops & Heroes’ Launches 2011 Enshrinement Week Activities

Second annual basketball tournament features region’s first responders, public safety, and military personnel; other activities planned

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced teams for the 2nd annual ‘Hoops & Heroes’ tournament to tip-off the 2011 Enshrinement Celebration.  The two-day tournament, featuring Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr. as the Honorary Chair, will be held August 6-7 and feature 12 teams of first responders from throughout the region.  Saturday’s games will be held at Springfield College’s Dana Gymnasium, while Sunday’s semifinals and championship games will be played on the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court. The proceeds from the games and related activities benefit the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.  Fans are encouraged to come out to support the event.

On Sunday - in addition to the two semifinals and championship game – activities include an exhibition basketball game by Special Olympic Athletes and a presentation to NBA official Bob Delaney, who is being deputized by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.  Delaney has been an NBA referee since 1987 after previously working as an undercover officer with the New Jersey State Police during the 1970s.  He released his book “Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob” in 2008.

Further, in his pursuit of 1 million completed foul shots by a single individual to be made by Veteran’s Day 2011, Dave Cummings will sink some of his daily commitment of 1300 foul shots at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court.  Cummings will return to the Hall of Fame on Veteran’s Day 2011 to make the last 1300 shots that will conclude his 1 million completed foul shots made over a two year period as he raises money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

This year’s Hoops & Heroes teams include the US Air Force, the US Coast Guard, Boston Police Department, the Springfield Police Department, the Hampden County District Attorney’s office, and Sheriff’s Departments from Hampden, Berkshire and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts and York Correctional Institution from Connecticut. The championship team will be provided with VIP tickets to the 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony and be recognized and honored during the evening’s events.

This year’s Enshrinement Ceremony will take place at Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Friday, August 12 at 8 pm ET.  Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony to honor the Class of 2011, which includes former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; four-time NCAA women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; 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.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office at (413) 231-5540.  Tickets are available for as low as $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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.