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Giving Opportunities

There are many ways to support the Museum - from leadership giving to specific galleries and programs, the Hall of Fame has a way for you to invest the critical work we do every day.




The Ambassadors of the Game Program is our Premiere giving opportunity.  Your gift provides the funding needed to ensure we can continue to offer our education and outreach programming, create new and exciting exhibits, preserve artifacts and produce events that serve to celebrate, honor and recognize the game and its people.

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



Ambassadors: A to J 

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


Ambassadors: K to Z 

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



If you listen to any of our Hall of Famers Enshrinement speeches, they are full of stories about the people and experiences that got them to where they are today.  Whether it's a coach, family member, colleague or simply their efforts to overcome adversity - they attribute their success to life experiences that we can all connect with.  

The Hall of Fame offers Coaches, Players and their friends/family several ways to honor those special people in their lives, or a way to share their own stories of inspiration with future generations.  These stories lift our spirits and make us think of those moments in our own life that inspire us every day to achieve things we may never have dreamed of. 





The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to offer a special license plate through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The plate features a classic Hall of Fame logo with the words "Birthplace of Basketball" emblazoned under your plate number which begins with the designation "BB".

Proceeds from the special plate go to support the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

To order, please visit The Official Website of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.



planned gift is a prearranged donation from someone in the present and allocated on a future date. Typically, a planned gift is granted once the donor has passed away. Most planned gifts are commonly through someone's will, trust, or another giving vehicle. A planned gift helps you live your values out today and may enable you to reduce and/or avoid estate taxes while meeting personal and financial goals. 

Your gift helps support the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame mission. We ask that you notify us so we can convey our gratitude and include your gift in our legacy society called the Naismith Legacy Society, where your gift is honored and highlighted in the BHOF. 

Thank you for considering us, the Basketball Hall of Fame, in your estate plans. We are grateful for your support.

Click here to download the Planned Giving Brochure