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Giving Opportunities

Supporting the Museum comes in various forms, ranging from leadership contributions to sponsoring specific galleries and programs. The Hall of Fame offers multiple avenues for you to invest in the crucial work we undertake daily.




The Ambassadors of the Game Program represents our premier philanthropic opportunity. Your generous contribution is instrumental in sustaining our diverse range of activities, including education and outreach initiatives, the development of innovative exhibits, the preservation of invaluable artifacts, and the orchestration of events dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and acknowledging the profound impact of the game and its contributors.

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



When you listen to the Enshrinement speeches of any of our Hall of Famers, you'll find them brimming with tales of the individuals and moments that shaped their journeys. Whether it's a coach, a family member, a colleague, or their personal resilience against adversity, they credit their achievements to relatable life experiences.

At the Hall of Fame, we offer coaches, players, and their families various ways to pay tribute to those who have impacted them or to impart their own inspirational tales to future generations. These narratives not only uplift the spirits of fans but also prompt introspection on the moments that fuel personal aspirations. Consequently, they serve as catalysts for inspiring others to pursue goals that were once thought unattainable.





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