Class of 2017 "EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON"
Rebecca Lobo and Mannie Jackson, will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 at Springfield Symphony Hall. A native of Western Mass., Lobo was born in Hartford, CT and raised in Southwick, Ma. She was a member of the undefeated 1995 Connecticut Huskies NCAA National Championship team that went 35-0 on the season, reaching basketball perfection. Mannie Jackson, was a former star player for the Harlem Globetrotters. After his playing career, Jackson purchased the Globetrotters in 1993, saving it from near extinction. Jackson was owner and CEO from 1993-2007, making him the first African American owner of a major international sports and entertainment franchise. Under his leadership, the Harlem Globetrotters saw record attendance and revenue growth.
BETA SIGMA BOULE’
The Springfield chapter of Beta Sigma Boulé was founded June 24, 1983 under the leadership of Grand Sire Archon Robert V. Franklin. Its formation bound African American men of similar qualities together into a fraternal union. Since its formation, Beta Sigma Boulé has devoted itself to uplifting the local community by sponsoring a number of events including A Better Chance Amherst, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, and Brothers United to Inspire Lifestyle Development (B.U.I.L.D).
The location in which basketball was founded, Springfield College has been a cornerstone of the community in Springfield. Springfield College has long standing roots in the local community and continues to give back by hosting the annual Hoophall classic, Relay for Life, and other community events in the greater Springfield area.
NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has a strong commitment to celebrate and preserve the game of basketball. The Hall of Fame continues to be one of the city’s top attractions. Its devotion to the Springfield community is reflective in its relationship with local schools and the greater Western, Mass. community.Brooks Fitch Chairman of Beta Sigma Boulé (413) 348-0803 firstname.lastname@example.org Calvin HillVice President of Community Engagement(413) email@example.com Paul LambertVice President of Enshrinement Services and Community Engagement(413) firstname.lastname@example.org