Dick Vitale Speaks in Pontiac
Dick Vitale visited Pontiac, IL on September 7th to speak about the Jimmie V Foundation and to promote the Basketball Museum of Illinois. The night saw over 200 guests come out to hear Mr. Vitale's presentation and to support the Museum. Please check out the information below!
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IBCA Officials Honor Jerry Reinsdorf's Induction into the Hall of Fame
On August 10th, 2017 officials from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and the Basketball Museum of Illinois honored Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf for his induction to the IBCA Hall of Fame and his tremendous contributions to the game of basketball in Illinois. IBCA Executive Director Jim Tracy, Museum Chairman Bruce Firchau, IBCA Hall of Fame Coach John Quinn, and former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and others were in attendance for a great night!
2017 Basketball Museum of Illinois Golf Outings a Huge Success
The 2nd Annual Basketball Museum of Illinois Golf Outing was held on July 10, 2017 at the Pontiac Elks Country Club and it was a huge success. Special guests Steve McMichael, Emery Morehead, and Jim Morrissey from the 1985 Chicago Bears team and Phil, Paul, and Rob Judson were all in attendance. There were high school coaches from Galesburg to Chicago in attendance as well. Chicago Playground Legends Executive Director Josh Smith also spent the day in Pontiac golfing and meeting many new people. Over 175 IBCA coaches, referees and fans enjoyed a day of golf and fun. The day started out rainy early but cleared up in time for everyone to tee off and enjoy a day of sunshine and warmth.
The 2nd Annual Basketball Museum of Illinois Golf Outing was heavily supported by the state with 31 hole sponsors. StillHouse Whiskey, Chicago Bills, Amtrak, Pub 13 and many other businesses sponsored the outing. After golf and lunch on the course everyone made their way inside the Elks for dinner and both a silent and live auction. Auctioneer Freddie Immke volunteered his time for the live auction and was assisted by members of the Pontiac High School Key Club. All money raised will help with the build out of the Basketball Museum of Illinois. The City of Pontiac showed their support by having a city council member play in the outing. There are many business owners and volunteers in Pontiac that are excited for the build out of the museum to begin. Everyone is looking forward to and talking about the 3rd Annual Basketball of Museum Golf Outing in 2018.
On Friday, July 14 a golf scramble was held at Arlington Greens golf course in Collinsville, Illinois to raise funds for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Museum. It was the first of what is hoped to be an annual event. Twenty two four man teams participated including many former and current coaches, referees, and others associated with high school and college basketball. Lunch was served before the tournament and a dinner, auction, and awards after. Among those who offered brief remarks were Rich Herrin, Harry Statham, and IBCA executive Jim Tracy. The tourney was hosted by HOF members Rich Essington, Dave Shanahan, Larry Graham, Ray Wesley, Ken McBride, Steve Porter, Rick Moss, Mike Devening, Bryan Wilkinson, and Dennis Schickendanz.