The New England Basketball Hall of Fame was founded in 2002. The initial ceremony featured a brilliant address by Bob Cousy. In his speech “The Cooze” praised the New England Basketball Hall of Fame concept of “excellence joined by inclusion.” At the core of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame philosophy is recognition of distinguished achievement in a variety of categories, such as The Great High School Player, The Great College Coach, The Great Referee, The Scholar Athlete and The Special Olympian. As Bob Cousy pointed out, “Many people share in this region’s rich basketball history.”
Since 2002, virtually every New England Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony has sold out with waiting lists. Our 2019 event will be no exception. In many ways, the June 7 and 8 gathering may be our best ever.
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The New England Basketball Hall of Fame announces June ceremony. (Two days of
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will host a series of induction, recognition and cultural activities on June 7th and 8th at the St. John’s High (Shrewsbury, MA) Theatre.
The June 7th program will commence with an afternoon photo op for honorees at the
Bob Cousy statue on the Holy Cross campus. The program will then move to the St. John’s High Theatre for special recognition of a group of “Legends,” retired coaches, athletic administrators and educators. All “Legends” are individuals who have previously been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and whose outstanding careers are marked by exceptional mentorship.
The special June 7th cultural activity will be the performance of the acclaimed A. R.
Gurney play “Love Letters.” The play will feature renowned stage actor Marc Carver, whose film credits include “Black Mass.”
June 8th activities will include the induction of the 2019 class, a legends panel on
mentoring, and the performance of Act I of the new play “The Enlightened Man” by Dan Doyle. The play involves a lengthy letter exchange between a priest and an inmate whose bond is forged through their love of basketball and shared admiration for hoop Legends Bob Cousy and Connie Hawkins.
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