The joint event will take place June 21 at Springfield Symphony Hall, just two days before the 50th anniversary of when President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law. The event is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m., featuring a pair of panels.
President and chief executive officer of the Hall of Fame John Doleva reflected during Tuesday’s press conference on how basketball inventor James Naismith would feel about the Hall of Fame celebrating Title IX.
Doleva noted how shortly after inventing the game, Naismith worked with Senda Berenson Abbott at Smith College to expand the reach of the sport.
“James Naismith wanted this game to be played by everyone,” Doleva said. “He insisted it be inclusive. He’d be happy that Title IX was introduced and passed to support female athletes, but being the thoughtful guy that he was, I believe he would’ve wondered why it took so long or perhaps why it was even necessary to begin with.”