a shrine...and so much more
The Basketball Hall of Fame preserves the game’s legacy. And it promotes those who will be a part of that legacy in the future.
Through its college awards (Abdul-Jabbar, Cousy, Erving, Lieberman, Malone and many more) recognizing the best in college basketball. The Spalding Hoop Hall Classic and Hoop Hall West each year bring the best of the best of nationally ranked high school basketball talent to compete together. Tomorrow’s leaders meet today. They play in the shadow of the game’s greats.
Through partnerships. Grassroots competition like that hosted by Basketbull, the Hall’s strategic partner, attracts over 15,000 youth per year to its camps and clinics. Many games are played on the Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams.
Tomorrow’s record-setters, tomorrow’s Hall of Famers, see the living legacy preserved at the Hall today. As they grow as players, they see the foundation provided for them.
The Hall recognizes great players from the game’s past, great coaches, great supporters of the game. It recognizes Early African-American Pioneers of the game who fought through discrimination.
In short, the Hall shines the light of the past on tomorrow’s stars.
This is vital. This is foundational.
We preserve basketball’s past. We promote its future.
IT'S TIME TO STEP FORWARD
It’s been 15 years since our last capital campaign helped build our stunning structure.
Now, the time is right to take a step forward.
We will commit $20 million to secure basketball’s legacy and create a foundation for much more to come.
With over $10 million to be invested in the Hall itself, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be second-to-none in excitement. We already have a structure that turns heads. Nestled between historic downtown Springfield and the beautiful Connecticut River, the building was constructed to mimic a basketball, mid-way through its plunge through the hoop.
To showcase basketball’s legacy, to inspire the hundreds of thousands who visit the Hall each year, to preserve the sport’s place in the future requires an investment now.
Visitors are thrilled visually before they enter the Hall. With our improvements the thrill continues throughout their visit—from a full basketball court at the heart of the facility with modern scoreboard to the interactive, state-of-the-art displays that will herald the accomplishments of our Hall of Famers and the greatest moments and people in the game’s history.
With the improvements, the history of basketball comes alive. And visitors leave inspired to keep our game great.
So the campaign preserves the past. Improves the present. But what an impact it will have on the Hall of Fame’s future.
A matching $10 million endowment provides the Hall a lifetime of financial freedom to build on the successes of the past 15 years.
Our profile has grown nationally and internationally.
The Hall of Fame is a fixture at the Final Four, a world showcase for basketball. The NBA’s own cable network broadcasts our annual enshrinement ceremony. High school coaches, cultivating tomorrow’s stars, vie for a place in our nationally-ranked tournaments.
In short, the Hall is stepping forward. The time is now for a $20 million commitment to capitalize on it, to build and sustain a Basketball Hall of Fame that is the best anywhere.
The basketball “family” worldwide can get us there. We will partner with Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, business leaders, and corporations who support the game.
Our goals are appropriate given the opportunities at hand.
Our goals are reasonable given the importance of the game.
And our goals are reachable given the commitment of those who love the sport.
Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman
Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Clippers
Clay Bennett, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mary Beth Cooper
The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
Elks National Foundation
Freedom Credit Union
Ira & Cheryl Gaines
Josh Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
International Basketball Foundation (FIBA)
Joe Lacob, Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Sarah Maggi Morin
National Basketball Coaches Association
National Basketball Players Association Foundation
National Basketball Referees Association
National Basketball Retired Players Association