The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that SCP Auctions has been named its official auction and appraisal partner. The multi-year partnership will feature an annual basketball-themed auction with proceeds benefitting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Since opening its doors in 1959, the Hall has operated as a non-profit organization relying on the generosity of others to preserve the legacy of the game.
Additionally, SCP Auctions has been named a Premier Sponsor for the Class of 2015 Enshrinement festivities, as well as the presenting partner of the Family Reunion Dinner during Enshrinement weekend on September 10th.
“SCP Auctions is extremely proud and excited to be the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s new auction partner,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “As one of the country’s premier sports memorabilia auction houses, we look forward to creating a great working relationship with the Hall of Fame as well as with many of basketball’s greatest legends.”
John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame added: “We are thrilled to have SCP Auctions hosting our Family Reunion Dinner during our Enshrinement Celebration weekend. It’s the perfect time to tipoff this partnership and introduce them to the 2015 Enshrinement Class, current Basketball Hall of Famers and their fans. We look forward to having SCP Auctions share their experience and expertise with the entire Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame family.”
The Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, ABA superstar Louis Dampier, early African-American pioneer of the game John Isaacs, acclaimed Australian player and coach Lindsay Gaze, 2-time NBA Champion coach with the Celtics Tom Heinsohn and Nike’s Director of International Basketball and 2013 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Raveling.
For event details and Enshrinement ticket information, visit www.hoophall.com. -Terry Melia