Immaculata Magazine Summer 2014 - page 46

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SPORTS
THE MIGHTY MACS:
TOAST OF THE TOWN
Since the release of
The Mighty Macs
movie in 2011,
Immaculata’s three championship teams continue to be showered
with honors. And they are well deserved.
At a joyful celebration in Springfield, MA, the famous Mighty
Macs were again the toast of the town. Continuing to receive
accolades far and wide, the Mighty Macs’ three championship
teams were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall
of Fame on Friday night, August 8.
Supported by family, friends, alumni, and administration
from Immaculata, the teams from 1972, 1973, and 1974 received
recognition that was truly earned.
On entering the pre-reception party at the Mass Mutual
Ballroom near the Hall of Fame building, a sense of excitement
was felt. Along with Immaculata’s teams, the Naismith class
of 2014 included such national notables as: Alonzo Mourning,
NBA player; Bob Leonard, ABA Coach; Nolan Richardson,
coach; Mitch Richmond, NBA player; Gary Williams, coach;
Sarunas Marciulionis, NBA player; Nat Clifton, NBA player;
Guy Rodgers, NBA player; and David Stern, former NBA
Commissioner.
Immediately following the pre-reception, the formal award was
received at the enshrinement ceremony held at Symphony Hall in
Springfield. When the Mighty Macs’ turn came, Cathy Rush, a
Hall of Famer from the class of 2008, presented her championship
team members from 1972, 1973, and 1974. Proudly, they took
their position behind Theresa Shank Grentz ’74. Theresa spoke on
behalf of all of the team members.
The ceremony was aired live on NBA-TV network and
streamed globally.
After the cameras dimmed, the celebration continued.
Immaculata hosted a post-enshrinement party at the Sheraton
Monarch Hotel in Springfield. Over 100 family, friends, and
Mighty Macs celebrated this wonderful achievement.
INDUCTION INTO THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL
HALL OF FAME, SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame, holds up Immaculata’s Hall of Fame jersey at the
announcement ceremony for the 2014 honorees. Pictured is Alonzo
Mourning, a 2014 inductee.
Jim Nantz, CBS Sportscaster, interviews Mighty Mac Judy Marra Martelli
‘75 at the Hall of Fame announcement in April.
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