Charles Barkley, Gary Payton and Chris Mullin Headline 3rd Annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic, Presented by NIKE and IOA

Over 40 Hall of Famers to attend the SOLD OUT Phoenix event; Dinner Tickets Still Available

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host its third annual Jerry Colangelo Golf Classic, presented by NIKE and IOA, on September 25th and 26th at the Wigwam in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s field will once again bring out some of the biggest names in basketball including Charles Barkley, Gary Payton and Chris Mullin. Additional All-Star sponsors include Wynn Las Vegas, Grand Canyon University, Shamrock Farms Rockin' Refuel, Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek, PLC and Moss Sports.  

The Golf Classic will feature over 40 Basketball Hall of Famers and basketball legends with one represented with each foursome.  On the eve of the tournament, guests will be treated to a special Welcome Reception and Pairings Dinner and a Silent Auction with premium basketball experiences.

“I am so pleased that we are approaching our third annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “It has been a great success the past two years and we expect nothing less from this year’s tournament.”

The site of the Golf Classic, The Wigwam, is a historic Arizona landmark in Glendale’s Litchfield Park that exemplifies resort life.  With luxurious accommodations, exceptional cuisine, extensive spa and recreational facilities, plus three 18-hole championship golf courses, the Wigwam will serve as hosts for this unmatched experience of a lifetime.

Golf foursomes are SOLD OUT, but sponsorship opportunities and ticket packages are still available.  For more information, please visit or call (413) 781-6500.  Each foursome will include a fifth golfer – a prominent Hall of Famer or basketball personality.  Proceeds from the event will benefit to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About Jerry Colangelo: 

Jerry Colangelo is the Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, as well as the Chairman of USA Basketball’s Board of Directors and architect of the 2008 USA “Redeem Team” Gold Medal winning effort.  One of the most innovative and influential owners in NBA history, Jerry Colangelo has spent most of his life involved with the game of basketball. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned All-Conference honors as a player, Colangelo began his NBA career in 1966 with the Chicago Bulls' front office. In 1968, he became the youngest general manager in professional sports with the expansion Phoenix Suns. In only his second season with the new club, Colangelo turned the Suns into a legitimate playoff threat. In 1976, Colangelo received his first Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award for taking the Suns to the NBA Finals. A respected member of the NBA Board of Governors, Colangelo played an integral role in the formation of the WNBA in 1997. He has also served on the NBA's the Long Range Planning Committee, the Expansion Committee and the Competition and Rules Committee.  Continuing his transformation of downtown Phoenix, Mr. Colangelo was also instrumental in bringing major league baseball to Phoenix in 1998 and served as Chairman and CEO of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a Contributor in 2004. Mr. Colangelo was also critically involved in bringing NHL Hockey to Phoenix. Center Court at the Basketball Hall of Fame was dedicated as the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: 

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

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