Monday, August 26, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today they have renewed the partnership with Insurance Office of America (IOA), which will once again be the Official Insurance Agency of the Basketball Hall of Fame. IOA will be a premium sponsor of all 2013 Enshrinement events alongside Bud Light, the Los Angeles Lakers, University of Louisville, Mohegan Sun and Panini.  IOA will also be a presenting sponsor at The Second Annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic, which will be held in Phoenix, AZ September 26 & 27th at the Wigwam Arizona.

“It is with great pleasure to announce the renewal of our partnership with IOA,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “They have been a tremendous partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame and we are thrilled to receive their support for this year’s Enshrinement week and our annual Jerry Colangelo Golf Classic.”

This year’s Enshrinement will take place September 6-8 with events at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT and Springfield, MA.  Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony to honor the Class of 2013, which includes nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton; seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino; four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis; four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King; three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell; ABA legend Roger Brown; early African-American pioneer Dr. E.B. Henderson; Brazilian scoring machine Oscar Schmidt; six-time NBA All-Star Richard Guerin and former President of USA Basketball and NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik.

The Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic at the Wigwam Arizona is a one-of-a-kind celebrity golf fundraiser for the Hall of Fame in honor of Hall of Fame Chairman and Class of 2004 member, Jerry Colangelo.  The Golf Classic take place September 26-27 and features a number of hospitality events with over 50 Hall of Famers and hoops legends including a Pairings Party, Casino Night with the tournament on the resort’s three 18-hole championship golf courses.  Individual golfer and foursome packages are available. 

“We are proud to continue our association with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and appreciate the relationships, both business and personal, that have developed over the past year as a result of the efforts of Jerry Colangelo, John Doleva, Sherman Brown and the team at the Hall of Fame. We look forward to another exciting year together.” stated Paul Garofolo, President of IOA Sports Partners.

For more information on Enshrinement or the Golf Classic, visit

About Insurance Office of America (IOA):

IOA is the eighth largest privately-held insurance agency in the United States with its headquarters in Longwood, Florida.  With 30 offices coast-to-coast and over 800 employees, IOA is one of the fastest growing agencies in the country. IOA has become the agency of choice for the full complement of insurance needs by an ever increasing number of business and personal clients around the US.  Within the realm of sports, IOA continues to experience significant growth in its client base of sports leagues, teams, facilities and athletic venues including members of the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, AAU, AFL and governing bodies like the American Hockey League and LPGA.  To learn more about IOA please visit

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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