Springfield, Mass. – On December 21, 2016, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the basketball community will celebrate 125 years of basketball – a game that has grown tremendously on the global stage and positively impacted an immeasurable number of players, coaches and fans. Today, August 19, marks 125 days before the 125th Anniversary as the Basketball Hall of Fame officially begins the countdown. As part of this celebration of the game, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has teamed up with eBay for Charity to host the ultimate basketball auction. 100% of proceeds will benefit educational and outreach initiatives through the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Over the next 125 days, basketball fans will have the opportunity to bid on 125 unique items of the game including memorabilia autographed by legends of the game, premium event experiences and more. The auction will run August 19 to December 21, 2016 with a new item released each day at http://www.ebay.com/hoophall.
“The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to promote and preserve the game we love,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “Basketball has reached far more people than Dr. Naismith could have ever imagined and we will continue to commemorate and grow the game in its 125th year with the funds raised in partnership with eBay for Charity.”
Since the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1959, it has operated as a not-for-profit organization relying on the generosity of others to preserve the legacy of the game. The proceeds raised through the 125th Anniversary Auction will be used to support the mission of the Basketball Hall of Fame with the creation and implementation of youth initiatives, museum oriented programming such as player appearances and educational clinics and exhibit and artifact preservation.
The auction will feature unique basketball memorabilia including autographed items from Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, Phil Knight, Shaquille O’Neal, Pat Summitt, John Wooden, the 1992 Dream Team and more.
In addition to autographed memorabilia, the auction will feature exclusive basketball experiential packages for Hall of Fame events including the 2016 Enshrinement festivities in Springfield, the Jerry Colangelo Golf Classic in Phoenix and Hoophall LA at Staples Center featuring Arizona, BYU, Gonzaga and USC. Packages will also be available for iconic events such as the NCAA Men’s Final Four and NBA All-Star weekend.
Perhaps the most coveted and custom item available in the 125th Anniversary Auction is a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish One of One Signature Car. The ultra-limited vehicle includes graphics commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame and showcases signatures from over 75 Hall of Famers. This particular item will be going up for auction on #GivingTuesday, November 29.
Fans interested in participating in the 125th Anniversary Auction should visit http://www.ebay.com/hoophall.
About eBay for Charity:
eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.
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.