SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the name, logo, date, time, location and television network for the upcoming Hall of Fame Game featuring the Tennessee Lady Vols and UConn Huskies.
Widely regarded as the two most successful programs in women’s basketball history, Tennessee and UConn account for 19 National Championships, dozens of impact players in the WNBA and many of the sport’s all-time greats. As a longstanding rivalry, the teams consistently met from 1995-2007, but they have not faced each other since then.
As part of the two-year series, UConn will host Tennessee on Thursday, January 23, 2020, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In the 2020-21 season, the Lady Vols will host the Huskies in Knoxville, with a portion of the proceeds again benefiting the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
ESPN will televise the 2020 contest from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET.
Lady Vol season ticket holders will have an opportunity to request tickets in October. If tickets remain, those will go on sale at a later date.
The Pat Summitt Foundation
The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat and Tyler Summitt in November 2011. Its mission is to award grants to non-profit organizations that advance research for treatment and a cure, provide support for patients and caregivers, and educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, The Pat Summitt Foundation formed a strategic partnership with The University of Tennessee Medical Center to create The Pat Summitt Clinic. The clinic, which opened in January 2017, greatly improves access to healthcare services for families and patients facing Alzheimer’s disease in a facility created to advance Alzheimer’s research, detection, treatment and family caregiver support. To learn more, please visit www.patsummitt.org, like the foundation on facebook.com/patsummittfoundation and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @webackpat.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #HOFBenefit or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.