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Giving Programs

As a museum, there are different ways in which people can support the Hall that fits their ability and gives them the satisfaction of knowing they have made a difference. Whether it’s to help youth learn about good character, or acquire/create a special exhibit that will impact visitors to the Hall from a basketball or historical perspective, giving financial support continues to allow the Hall of Fame to remain the finest sports museum in the world – and so much more.


There are many giving opportunities at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Ambassadors of the Game participants provide funding to help the Hall continue with its education and outreach programming, as well as contributing to the operation of a Hall of Fame that serves as a voice for the ‘best of the best’ the game has to offer. As a champion of basketball’s core values, the Hall of Fame provides a public forum for basketball’s contribution in society.

To learn more about how you can become an Ambassador of the Game, call 413-231-5506.


Current Ambassadors of the Game Donors

Leslie Alexander

Paul G. Allen, Portland Trail Blazers

Micky Arison, Chairman & CEO, Carnival Corporation

Atlanta Hawks

Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Clippers

Dick Bavetta & Family

David A. Beckerman

Clay Bennett, Oklahoma City Thunder

Dr. Jerry H. Buss, Los Angeles Lakers

Chris Cohan, Golden State Warriors

Jerry Colangelo

Mark Cuban

John Davis

Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation

George & Sherry Dickerman Family Foundation

Wayne Embry In honor of Frank Shannon

Paul Fireman, Reebok International

Russell T. Granik

Wyc Grousbeck, Boston Celtics

Gordon Gund, Cavaliers - Gund Arena Company

Josh Harris, Philadelphia 76ers

Michael Heisley, Memphis Grizzlies

Peter Holt, Chairman - San Antonio Spurs

Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

Mannie L. Jackson

Robert L. Johnson, Owner of Charlotte Bobcats & Charlotte Sting

Michael Jordan


University of Kansas Athletics

Lewis Katz

Stan Kroenke, Denver Nuggets

Michael Krzyzewski

Joe Lacob, Golden State Warriors

Joe & Gavin Maloof, Sacramento Kings Limited Partnership, LP

Larry H. Miller

New York Knicks

The O'Connell Companies, Inc. In memory of Michael T. Downey

Pacers Sports Entertainment

Billy Packer In memory of Tony Packer

Abe Pollin

Irene Pollin

Jerry Reinsdorf

Pat Riley

Howard Schultz, Seattle Supersonics

George Shinn & Ray Woolridge

Ed Snider, Comcast

Springfield College

David J. Stern

Jim Taubenfeld

Toronto Raptors

Glen Taylor

Victor, Diane & Trevor Ugolyn In memory of Tyler Ugolyn

Union-News/Sunday Republican &

James E. Vinick & Family

Washington Wizards


Inspiration Program

Successful people are often heard giving credit to someone who inspired them in a very special way in their life. These stories lift our spirits and make us think of those who have inspired us along the way, helping us to achieve things we may never have dreamed of. Recognizing these influences in our lives, many individuals have chosen to honor or pay tribute to the memory of someone who inspired them. Through the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Inspiration Program each person’s story is unique and offers a way to immortalize the impact that a special person has made in their life.

If you would like to know more about the Inspiration Program, you can view our Inspiration brochures, or call 413-231-5506 to share your story of inspiration.