Springfield College hosts Hoops and Heroes tournament
Top: Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry stops for a picture with the team from the New Haven, Conn., Department of Corrections that took part in the Hoops and Heroes tournament at Springfield College.
Bottom: Springfield College hosted the Hoops and Heroes tournament sponsored by the Basketball Hall of Fame, allowing multiple games to go on at once during the two-day long event.
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SPRINGFIELD National Basketball Association (NBA) star and Hall of Famer Rick Barry attended the Hoops and Heroes Basketball Tournament at Springfield College on Aug. 25. The tournament benefits the Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Barry was an eight-time NBA All-Star during his playing career and he has been named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
A total of 24 basketball games were played featuring 16 teams representing law enforcement and military agencies from throughout the Northeast.
The top four teams advanced to the semifinal and championship rounds that took place at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Center Court on Aug. 26. All teams participating were asked to raise $1,000 each with funds benefitting the Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Teams participating in this year's event were the Hampden County Sheriff's Department (three teams); Hampshire County Sheriff's Department; Berkshire County Sheriff's Department; Suffolk County Sheriff's Department; Rhode Island State Police; Connecticut State Police; Boston Police Department; Albany Police Department; Chelsea Police Department; York Correctional Institution; New Haven Community Corrections; Connecticut Judicial Marshall Services; United States Air Force; and United States Coast Guard.
This marked the third year the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has sponsored this event.
The winner of this year's tournament, from Suffolk County, received a hand-sculpted Hoops and Heroes trophy and 12 VIP tickets to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony taking place on Sept. 7.