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Capital Campaign

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 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

Jerry Colangelo

Mannie Jackson

Phil Knight

Jim Taubenfeld


Leslie Alexander

Lon Babby

Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Clippers

David Beckerman

Clay Bennett, Oklahoma City Thunder

Sherman Brown

Greg Butler

John Calipari

Jim Carolus

Frank Colaccino

Jody Conradt

Mary Beth Cooper

Jim Davidson

The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

George Dickerman

John Doleva

Elks National Foundation

Mitchell Etess

Excel Dryer

Richard Flynn

Bryan Freedman

Freedom Credit Union

Denis Gagnon

William Gagnon

Ira & Cheryl Gaines

Bob Gardner

Russell Granik

Josh Harris, Philadelphia 76ers

Robin Harris

Brendon Hutchins

International Basketball Foundation (FIBA)

Joe Lacob, Golden State Warriors

Paul Lambert

Warren LeGarie


Nancy Lieberman

Los Angeles Lakers

Harvey Mackay

Sarah Maggi Morin

MassMutual Foundation

Reggie Minton

James Naismith 

National Basketball Coaches Association

National Basketball Players Association Foundation

National Basketball Referees Association

National Basketball Retired Players Association

David Pace

Peter Picknelly

Vivek Ranadive

Jerry Reinsdorf

Pat Riley

John Ritter

Glenn Roberts

Michael Rollings

Scott Sadowsky

Donald Senecal

Adam Silver

John Skipper

Ben Sutton

Mark Tatum

Jim Tooley

Victor Ugolyn

James Vinick

Washington Wizards

Elaine Wynn

Barry Zemel

Robert Zuffelato

Scott Zuffelato


 To download a pdf of the complete Capital Campaign brochure CLICK HERE


For more information or to contribute to the “It’s Time To Step Forward” Capital Campaign, please contact Scott Zuffelato, the Hall of Fame’s Vice President of Philanthropy, at (413) 231-5506 or by email: