Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the launch of its newly formed regional events, which will be operated by longtime partner Position Sports, under the recognized Hoophall umbrella. Hoophall West will return to Scottsdale, Arizona, and three new events will launch with Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hosting Hoophall Central, Lewes, Delaware, hosting Hoophall East and Bentonville, Arkansas, hosting Hoophall South.
All four regional events are expected to be the most premier showcases in their respective areas. The 20th anniversary of the Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay will culminate this series of events over Martin Luther King Day Weekend featuring an elite field of national schools and players.
“Hoophall Classic has evolved into one of the premier high school events of the season and while the event continues to grow year over year, we realize there’s more talent to celebrated in other parts of the country, especially where the popularity of high school basketball is extraordinary,” said Greg Procino, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “With our new regional concept, players from coast-to-coast will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their skills on the Hoophall stage, while the Hall of Fame can continue to grow and celebrate the game in new communities.”
Hoophall West, entering its ninth year in Arizona with a history of sellout crowds, will continue to serve as the hub for west coast teams and national talent. Games are slated for December 8-11, 2021.
As the first new regional stop, Hoophall Central at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, will allow the Hall of Fame to operate an elite level event in a community with a rich appreciation for high school hoops. Fans can see local and regional talent take the court December 16-18, 2021.
Hoophall East will partner with longtime east coast tournament Slam Dunk to the Beach. By merging the history and success of the event with the Hoophall brand, Lewes will see an elevated event December 27-29, 2021.
The last of the four regional events will be Hoophall South in Bentonville, Arkansas. Expanding on this area’s tremendous high school basketball infrastructure of talented players and passionate fans, the Hall of Fame will take this local showcase to new heights January 6-8, 2022.
These series of Hoophall events will culminate on the “Road to Springfield” for the 20th annual Hoophall Classic taking place January 13-17, 2022 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. – the birthplace of basketball. The event has showcased dozens of eventual NBA players over the years, including ten No. 1 NBA Draft picks such as Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zion Williamson and Anthony Edwards.
All Hall of Fame events will be played in accordance with health and safety regulations set forth by local ordinances at the time of play. For more information on these events, visit TheHoophallClassic.com.
About Position Sports
Established in 2005, Position Sports is a premium event production and brand marketing firm that specializes in event operations, activation development, media relations and digital engagement. Over the years, Position Sports has worked with many of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Jordan Brand, Red Bull, the Basketball Hall of Fame, USA Basketball, Upper Deck, MLB and T-Mobile in nearly every major U.S. city and on a global scale. Position Sports provides clients with an expanded strategic direction needed to succeed in the sports marketing arena, also known as Positioning. To learn more, visit www.PositionSports.com or follow @PositionSports on Twitter and Instagram.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall @hoophallclassic or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.
2021-22 Hoophall High School Events Schedule
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
January 6-8, 2022
January 13-17, 2022