Civic Dinner – Post-event extended caption (for issue evening of Thursday 30th November)
Ahead of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, brought to Northern Ireland through a partnership with the Sport Changes Life Foundation, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Belfast City Council hosted a special civic dinner to welcome representatives from four American universities who are set to go head-to-head in a series games taking place this weekend. Set to take place on 1st and 2nd December 2017 at Belfast’s SSE Arena, the tournament is the first of its kind NCAA competitive collegiate basketball tournament to take place outside of the States.
The Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic is set to attract thousands of basketball enthusiasts from across Ireland, Britain and further afield, will feature teams from well-known American sporting universities across the USA including Manhattan College, the College of Holy Cross, La Salle University and Towson University.
Pictured at the Civic Dinner is Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister with Gareth Maguire, CEO of Sports Changes Foundation, Marc Mulholland, Executive Director of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, Paul Lambert, Vice President, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Rich Ensor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Commissioner.
30 November 17, Mandatory Credit ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd