Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Philadelphia, PA (November 17, 2017) – The inductees for enshrinement into the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 are:

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Earl Monroe

Pre 1970s
Earl Monroe, (Bartram/Winston-Salem/NBA)
Wayne Hightower, (Overbrook/Kansas/NBA)
Bobby Lewis (Bartram/South Carolina State/ABA)
Cliff Anderson (Edison/St. Joseph’s/NBA)
Mike Bantom (Roman Catholic/St. Joseph’s/NBA)

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Gene Banks

 

1970s
Chubby Cox, (Roxborough/Villanova/USF/NBA)
Clarence Tillman (West Philadelphia/Kentucky/Rutgers)
Gene Banks (West Philadelphia/Duke/NBA)
Michael Brooks (West Catholic/La Salle/NBA)
Lewis Lloyd (Overbrook/Drake/NBA)

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Lionel Simmons

1980s
Lionel Simmons (Southern/La Salle/NBA)
Hank Gathers (Dobbins/USC/Loyola-Maymount)
Rico Washington (Ben Franklin/Weber State)
Dawn Staley (Dobbins/Virginia/WNBA/Olympics)
Linda Page (Dobbins/NC State)

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Rasheed Wallace (l) and Coach Bill Ellerbee (r)

1990s
Rasheed Wallace (Gratz/North Carolina/NBA)
Rab Townes (Southern/La Salle/Overseas)
Donnie Carr (Roman Catholic/La Salle/Overseas)
Lari Ketner Roman Catholic/ UMass/NBA)
Rashid Bey (Neumann/St. Joseph’s/Overseas)

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Eddie Griffin

2000s
Eddie Griffin (Roman Catholic/Seton Hall/NBA)
Maureece Rice (Strawberry Mansion/George Washington/D-League)
Sean Singletary (Penn Charter/Virginia/NBA)
Kyle Lowry (Cardinal Dougherty/Villanova/NBA)
Jeff Jones (Bonner/Virginia

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Mr. and Mrs. Rahim Thompson

Claude Gross Community Service Award
Rahim Thompson, Founder & Commissioner, Chosen League

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Friend of the Black Basketball HOF
Joe Crawford (O’Hara/NBA Referee)

To be eligible for nomination, a player or coach must have played in the Philadelphia Public League, Catholic League, Inter-Ac League or Friends League in high school. Five (5) players are inducted annually from each of the following periods pre-1970s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Factors such as a player’s influence on other Philadelphia players, length and depth of playing career and the body of work, innovation and national recognition are taken into consideration.

The Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions will be held at HERO Community Center in Philadelphia on December 26, 2017. Details and ticket on-sale information will also be announced later. All Inductees will ultimately represented in the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame At the FiDonce Player Development Center.
Bios and images of the 2017 Black Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees will be available at http://www.blackcagersports.com. Media credential applications will be available in November 20, 2017 via the Hall of Fame’s online pressroom at http://www.blackcagersports.com.

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Lewis lloyd, NBA Finals

 

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Full Court Press on ALS: VIP Reception Recap

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2017) – On Sunday, September 24, 2017 supporters of Full Court Press on ALS gathered for a VIP Reception to raise awareness and spell out the non-profit’s annual plans at The Park at 14th in Washington D.C. More than two hundred fifty prominent basketball coaches, philanthropists and humanitarians came out for an incredible evening that celebrated the transformational work and the ambitious agenda of Full Court Press on ALS.

We had fun. We raised funds. And we felt incredibly inspired to help move the bar closer to finding a cure for a disease that does not receive a lot of attention due to the limited number of people affected by it. Full Court Press on ALS is committed to closing the gap in funding for medical research and raising awareness. Through educational seminars and collegiate basketball games, Full Court Press on ALS seeks to raise funds to assist in finding a cure for this debilitating disease.

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Howard Coach, Kevin Nickelberry, MD Eastern-Shore Coach, Bobby Collins & Full Court Press on ALS Co-Founder Michael Hornets

Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported us! Prominent guests such as University of Pennsylvania Head Coach, Steve Donahue, La Salle University Head Coach, John Giannini and Howard University Head Coach, Kevin Nickelberry enjoyed a delicious dinner in a beautiful space, had good conversations with friends old and new, and felt renewed excitement and hope throughout the evening program.
It was a very special night, as Full Court Press on ALS celebrated a formal partnership with the Ivy League and spelled out ambitious goals for the 2017-2018 basketball season. We were inspired by our Board Chair, Marco Morcos, Coach Donahue, FOX News critic Jesse Waters and other speakers. All were provided extraordinary examples of leadership, determination and success.

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Pennsylvania Coach Steve Donahue (L) and Fox News critic Jesse Waters (R)

The VIP reception was one of our most important events to-date, bringing together a distinguished group of coaches in the nation’s capital. The gathering reaffirmed the commitment among participants to to help major ALS research and medical organizations have an annual revenue stream for research and experimental treatment trials.

Every dollar raised through collegiate basketball games produces ripple effects in the fight to find a cure. Because of the efforts of these coaches, doctors and graduate students will be to conduct innovative research, conduct treatment trials and contribute to our understanding of this horrific disease. Until a cure is found, we will relentlessly deploy a FULL COURT PRESS ON ALS!

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Marco Morcos, CEO & Co-Founder, Full Court Press on ALS

About Full Court Press on ALS: Full Court Press on ALS was founded with the goal of finding a cure for a disease that does not receive a lot of attention due to the limited number of people affected by it. This leaves medical and research establishments relying heavily on private funding.Full Court Press on ALS was started to provide funding assistance to major medical organizations and to raise awareness about the disease. Through educational seminars and collegiate basketball games, Full Court Press on ALS seeks to raise funds that will help to find a cure for this crippling disease.

Contact:
Marco Morcos, CEO & Co-Founder
201.895.3250
morcos@fullcourtpressonals.com