Salute to Service

The Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic may only be in its second year of providing exciting, competitive basketball, but this year the event will feature recognition of two distinct noteworthy groups on the first two days of the tournament.

The first day of the tournament, Tuesday, December 27, has been selected as the “Salute to Service” day.  On that day, veterans and active duty service personnel will be recognized for their service to their country before the opening tip in a game ball presentation ceremony.  The event will also feature coaches, officials and tournament staff wearing camouflage attired apparel throughout the day.  All active duty and retired service men and women will be admitted free of charge during the first day of the tournament.

“It is only fitting that we recognize those individuals who have served our country and the efforts that they have made to keep our country safe” said tournament manager Joe Spagnolo.  “I hope that we can replicate this honor at every high school basketball tournament throughout the state in the future.”

In addition, the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic has teamed with Troop Dreams – a charitable organization that makes military family dreams and wishes come true.

On the evening of the tournament’s second day, Wednesday, December 28, the event will recognize individuals that have made contributions to Illinois high school basketball.  The newly announced induction class of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame will be honored and number of past Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognized.

The recognitions coincide with the IBCA’s effort in plans for their Basketball Museum of Illinois.  The museum will be a comprehensive facility dedicated to recognizing the rich tradition and history of basketball in our state from the junior high level to the development of the professional game. Visitors will discover the stories of the great teams, coaches, players, officials, media, and friends of basketball in our state. Exhibits will encourage visitor participation, allowing them to experience the greatest basketball moments in Illinois history.  More information on the museum can be found at: www.ibcaillinois.org



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