SPRINGFIELD, MA - Iona College men's basketball legend Richie Guerin will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. He is the first ever Gael to receive the honor.
Guerin was directly elected by the veterans committee this past February. The Enshrinement Class of 2013 includes: Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Richie Guerin, Russ Granik, Gary Payton, Bernard King, Guy V. Lewis, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Silvia Hatchell, and Dawn Staley.
The festivities kick off Friday night at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, CT and the Induction Celebration and Welcome Reception. The event is the first time the Class of 2013 will be seen together in its entirety. It features an introduction of the entire class, highlighted by the presentation of their Hall of Fame class rings.
Saturday's events include an autograph session at the Basketball Hall of Fame Gift Shop & Museum Store at 1:00 pm, followed by the Class of 2013 Press Conference on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams" at 2:00 pm. The Family Reunion and Awards Dinner conclude the day's activities.
Sunday, a VIP Champagne Reception and Brunch co-sponsored by Iona College takes place at 11:00 am. The Enshrinement Ceremony begins at 2:00 pm. This event is televised live on NBATV and streamed globally throughout the evening. Following the enshrinement will be a Post-Gala event to finish the weekend activities.
To celebrate Richie Guerin and his achievements, ICGaels.com will be on hand to provide video coverage, interviews, and stories of the activities this weekend at Mohegan Sun and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.