Fourth Annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic presented by Nike & IOA Returns to The Wigwam

Over 40 Hall of Famers and Legends to Attend Valley Charity Event

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host its fourth annual Jerry Colangelo Golf Classic, presented by NIKE and IOA, on September 24th and 25th at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona. This year’s field will once again bring out some of the biggest names in basketball including Gary Payton, Chris Webber and Mike Wilbon. Hall of Famers scheduled to participate include Rick Barry, Dick Bavetta, Elgin Baylor, Spencer Haywood, Nancy Lieberman, Annie Meyers, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and more. Local legend Cedric Ceballos will also be on hand.

The Golf Classic will feature more than 40 Basketball Hall of Famers and basketball celebrities 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.

“We are very much looking forward to returning to Phoenix for the fourth annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This tournament has allowed us to raise funds for the numerous charitable ventures of the Hall of Fame, while providing our participants with a top-notch experience at the beautiful Wigwam resort. ”

The site of the Golf Classic, The Wigwam, is a, iconic Arizona property that exemplifies all the best of 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.

A limited number of golf foursomes are still available, as well as sponsorship opportunities and ticket packages. All-star sponsors of the event include Wynn Las Vegas, Grand Canyon University, Warner Angle& Formanek, PLC, and Celebrity Fight Night.

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 and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

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