Fourth annual Hoops & Heroes takes to court

Aug. 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently announced teams for the fourth annual Hoops & Heroes tournament to open the 2013 Enshrinement Celebration. The two-day tournament, featuring Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. chair, will take place Aug. 24 and 25 and feature 16 teams of first responders from throughout the region.

The games begin at Springfield College on Aug. 24 and the “final four” teams will progress to the Championship round to be played at the Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams the morning of Aug. 25. In addition to the two semifinals and championship game, activities also include an exhibition basketball game by Special Olympic athletes. The proceeds from the games and related activities benefit the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. Fans are encouraged to come out to support the event.

Sponsors of the fourth annual Hoops & Heroes event include platinum sponsors Smith & Wesson and Enterprise Holdings Foundation, while supporting sponsors include Olympus Pictures , Northern Tree Service, Pelican Products, Senergy and the Hamdpen County Sheriff’s Department.

This year’s Hoops & Heroes Tournament features teams from all over New England and New York including Albany, Chelsea and New York City police departments, the Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police, Connecticut Fire Department, Berkshire, Hampden and Suffolk County sheriff’s departments, Connecticut Judicial Marshall Services, Hampden County’s Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guiel, P.C., plus New Haven and York Corrections. The championship team will be provided with VIP tickets to the 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony and be recognized and honored during the evening’s events.

This year’s Enshrinement Ceremony will take place at Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. More than 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony to honor the Class of 2013, which includes nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton; seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino; four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis; four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King; three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell; ABA legend Roger Brown; early African-American pioneer Dr. E.B. Henderson; Brazilian scoring machine Oscar Schmidt; six-time NBA All-Star Richard Guerin and former President of USA Basketball and NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s ticket office at 231-5540. Tickets are available for as low as $49. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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