Inspirus Sports was created after the success of the Sport Changes Life Foundation and Belfast Invitational successes in creating the 2017 and 2018 Belfast Basketball Classic.
Creating the first ever NCAA Collegiate basketball Tournament in Europe. Inspirus Sports is invested in the ownership of the events series to bring this exciting project to Inspire communities around the world through their positively unique sport events strategy.
November 26th - Led by event MVP Tosan Evbuomwan, Princeton overcame a strong Northeastern performance coming back from a 9 point deficit late in the second half, winning 56 – 54 and taking home the inaugural London Basketball Classic Crown.
November 24th - After two tense semi-final matchups. The Final day of the London Basketball Classic is set with ARMY vs Manhattan in the Consolation game. Followed by a Championship battle with Princeton taking on Northeastern.
November 20th - After 2 days, 4 sessions and 8 quality games of Basketball, we have a deeper dive into the numbers. Spanning 61 pieces of coverage, the Challenge reached a total audience of 425 million including, 460K Radio listeners, 361k TV viewers and a significant estimated 1.99M lifetime reach across social media.
November 19th - Niagara’s Noah Thomasson and Marist’s Zaria Demember-Shazer walk away with MVP awards after lighting up the court, as both teams go 2-0 in the Irish Capital.
November 11th - ESPN and Inspirus further relationship, elevating two men’s & one women’s game to be broadcast nationally on ESPN U.
July 14th - Army West Point joins Princeton University, Northeastern University and Manhattan College in the four team tournament taking place Thanksgiving weekend at the Copper Box Arena, London.
November 24th & 26th 2022 at Copper Box Arena, London.
February 22nd - The event will see 4 NCAA Division 1 teams, 2 Men’s and 2 Women’s from each conference make their way across the pond to compete on November 18th & 19th at the National Basketball Arena, Dublin. This will mark the first time Women’s College Basketball has been showcased In Ireland.
Organised in partnership with Dubai Sports Council, Falcon and Associates and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the 2021 event will feature a high-profile field of eight NCAA Division I programs in a Multi Team Event (MTE) bringing the first ever ‘Dubai Basketball Classic’ to the state-of-the-art Coca Cola Arena, Dubai November 25-27, 2021.
NCAA Division I College basketball is coming back in 2020 to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Inspirus Sports Ltd in partnership with Sport Changes Life, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (BHOF) and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) hosted its third ‘Belfast Basketball Classic’ in The SSE Arena, Belfast on the 4th and 5th of December 2020.
As part of Belfast Classic at The SSE Arena, Belfast | 29th November - 1st December 2018
Samson Champions Marist
Goliath Champions Buffalo
Held at The SSE Arena, Belfast and broadcast for the first time in sporting and broadcast history through CBS Sports Network.
Sport Changes Life is dedicated to raising the aspirations of young people using sporting excellence, academic achievement and personal development. SCLF achieves this through its flagship Victory Scholar Program which brings graduate student athletes from the US to Northern Ireland and Ireland to deliver a number of youth engagement programs with young people at risk.
Irish Basketball Association (IBA) rebranded into Basketball Ireland (BI)
The National Basketball Arena, was opened in Tymon park, Tallaght Dublin in 1993.
The first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team has been described by American and international journalists as the greatest sports team ever assembled.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame called the team "the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet". At the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the team defeated its opponents by an average of 44 points en route to the gold medal against Croatia. Chuck Daly served as the team's head coach, assisted by Lenny Wilkens, P. J. Carlesimo, and Mike Krzyzewski.
The song was written by David Barrett in 1986, and first used for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 1987. After each tournament, the song accompanies a montage of the best moments of March Madness, from every buzzer beater and major upset to reactions of the fans themselves.
The 1939 tournament featured just eight teams. In 1951, the field doubled to 16, and kept expanding over the next few decades until 1985, when the modern format of a 64-team tournament began.
In 2001, after the Mountain West Conference joined Division I and received an automatic bid, pushing the total teams to 65, a single game was added prior to the first round. In 2011, three more teams were added, and with them, three more games to round out the First Four.
The association founded in 1976, represents basketball with public authorities as well as with national and international sports organizations and as such with United Arab Emirates in international competitions. It also defends the moral and material interests of Basketball in United Arab Emirates. It is affiliated with FIBA and FIBA Asia.
The association also organizes the United Arab Emirates national basketball team and the United Arab Emirates women's national basketball team.
In a special convention. Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport.
With the Women's National Leagues beginning in the 1979/80 season.
In only three years playing on the varsity team (and under his father's coaching) at LSU, Maravich scored 3,667 points—1,138 of those in 1967–68, 1,148 in 1968–69, and 1,381 in 1969-70—while averaging 43.8, 44.2, and 44.5 points per game, respectively. For his collegiate career, the 6'5" (1.96 m) guard averaged 44.2 points per game in 83 contests and led the NCAA in scoring for each of his three seasons.
In 1948, Ireland sent its national basketball team to the London Olympic Games; the only time in history Irish Basketball was present at the Olympics.
the first Intervarsity Competition was held in 1946. First intervarsity competition held in Dublin.
The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46–33 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The first NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament was in 1939, and it has been held every year since.
Basketball was an Inaugural Olympic sport in 1936 – at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany.
The National Collegiate Track and Field Championships. Gradually, more rules committees were formed and more championships were created, including a basketball championship in 1939.
by Sergeant Major Doogan, initially intended to help prepare boxers in training.
James Naismith is credited in inventing basketball in 1891 because he was instructed to keep track athletes safely in shape through an entertaining indoor game.
The first basketball hoops were made of peach baskets and the backboards were made of wire.
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