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Manhattan To Play In Northern Ireland Next Year

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 05/12/2017
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Springfield, MA –
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Sport Changes Life, Rory McIlroy's Foundation, the Rory Foundation, and The SSE Arena, Belfast.

The two-day tournament held on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 will feature Manhattan vs. Holy Cross and La Salle vs. Towson. The consolation and championship games will be held on the second day of the classic.

Chaka Travel is offering an exclusive five-day, four-night ground package from Wednesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 3 for Manhattan College alumni, fans and parents starting at $635, which includes but is not limited to lodging, tours and premium tickets to the tournament games. For all the information in PDF format please click HERE or use the above link to sign up.

Aer Lingus, the official airline carrier of the tournament, is proud to be the official airline for the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic and is pleased to offer special fares to those traveling to support their teams with rates starting at $469! For more information on discounted rates and flights click HERE.

Those interested may also contact the Manhattan College Alumni Office by calling 718-862-7432 or by emailing

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in this inaugural event with the prestigious Basketball Hall of Fame," said Head Coach Steve Masiello. "We look forward to proudly representing the college in Northern Ireland."

As previously announced, the Basketball Hall of Fame has partnered with Sport Changes Life, a registered UK charity and US nonprofit organization that works in disadvantaged communities to help young people find a path to a brighter future with the help of international student-athletes. The Basketball Hall of Fame, in combination with the MAAC, aims to support this cause by extending their reach across the Atlantic. Rory McIlroy and his Foundation will also join the cause.

“We are very excited to host our first-ever international event in Belfast,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Teaming up with Sport Changes Life provides an excellent opportunity for these collegiate athletes to compete abroad while learning about another culture and making a positive impact in the lives of local youth.”

“This is an historic event for everyone involved and Sport Changes Life is delighted to be in partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame and our friends at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to bring this level of basketball to the island of Ireland," said Sport Changes Life CEO Gareth Maguire. "Our journey began in Sport Changes Life with our founding partners Ulster University and Chaka Travel when we worked together to help raise the aspirations of young people through our Victory Scholar and EHOOPS programs. We have grown and are now privileged to be working in partnership with the Rory Foundation. We are delighted to be building on these partnerships with others such as Aer Lingus, Velocity Worldwide and Belfast City Council as we work together in creating a brighter future for our young people. Through this prestigious event we are certain that we will inspire generations of young people in our quest to help change lives through sport.”

In addition to the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a series of ongoing community relations events and initiatives will be held in the Belfast vicinity. Formal announcements surrounding specific events and ticket information will be released at a later date.

About the SSE Arena, Belfast: The SSE Arena, Belfast is Northern Ireland's premier entertainment venue. The venue opened in December 2000 and to date has welcomed over 9 million visitors. This world-class arena can stage a number of sporting events with an Olympic sized Ice pad. With a 200m hydraulically built athletics track around the ice pad, the venue can also host major indoor athletics events. Not only providing a multitude of sports, the Arena attracts international stars from the world of pop, rock, hip-hop and classical music and has welcomed stars such Beyoncé, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath and many more. The Arena has seating capacities from 1,500 for an intimate theatre format right up full capacity format of 10,800. The SSE Arena, Belfast provides an outstanding location for first class corporate hospitality to businesses in Northern Ireland. The Arena has 24 corporate hospitality suites comprising of 20 x 12 seated suites and 4 x 28 seated suites.

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 36th year of competition during the 2016-2017 academic year. Current conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Siena College.

About Sport Changes Life: The primary goal of the Sport Changes Life Foundation is to provide an opportunity for raising the aspiration of young people on both sides of the Atlantic so that they can live out their dreams and guide them as sport changes their lives. We are a sports foundation built on inspiration, hope and victory. SCL works in disadvantaged communities to help young people find a path to a brighter future with the help of our international student-athletes, the Victory Scholars. In February 2016, SCL formally partnered with Rory McIlroy charity the Rory Foundation, as both foundations strive together to help change the lives of young people on the island of Ireland and beyond.

About the Rory Foundation: The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to help children live better lives, to raise funds and offer support to children's charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory. Beneficiaries of the Rory Foundation so far include the Cancer Fund for Children, Mencap NI and Sport Changes Life (all based in Northern Ireland), Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children's Hospice. The Rory Foundation will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the third year in 2017.

About Aer Lingus: Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. It operates 62 aircraft on routes across Europe and North America carrying 12 million guests per annum. Aer Lingus' mission is to be the leading value carrier operating on the North Atlantic. It is the only airline operating between the United States and Ireland, which has a 4-Star rating (as awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization). Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world's largest airline groups.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameLocated in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

For more information:

Visit us online:
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… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Basketball Hall of Fame Media Contact:
Nicole Taylor // 480-861-2442 //

For more information on the Sport Changes Life Foundation:
Visit us online:
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… on Twitter  @Sportchanges  @Victoryscholars
…  on Instagram: @Sportchangeslife 
… or call 001 44 2890 454 964

Sport Changes Life Foundation Media Contact:
Marc Mulholland,
001 44 2890 454 964

The SSE Arena, Belfast Media Contact:
Clara Killen
Digital Marketing & Development Manager
001 028 9076 6032

Aer Lingus Media Contact:
Helen Maguire

Manhattan Basketball Contact:
Kevin Ross

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