Annual Induction Ceremony
Every December, the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame voting committee selects players, coaches, sportswriters and others who have made significant contributions to the Philadelphia scholastic, collegiate and professional basketball and its history to become members of the Black Basketball Hall of Fame. Each year, inductees are honored and enshrined in an intimate luncheon on December 26.
Members and associates of the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame deeply believe that basketball, among other factors, can contribute to the well being of Philadelphia youth. We believe basketball activities have tremendous potential to contribute to problem solving and enhancing the quality of life for individuals and communities. Therefore, we advocate for organized basketball activities in schools and encourage extra-curricular basketball activities for all children and young people.
Black BBall HOF Tournament
Every year during the week of the Induction Ceremony, the Black Basketball Hall of Fame will host a youth basketball tournament. The Black BBall HOF Tournament will focus primarily on introducing middle school student-athletes and their parents to magnet, private and Catholic high school programs. We will also provide information regarding the NCAA eligibility process to parents of participating student-athletes. Black HOF members and associates will provide encouragement and guidance for all participating families.
Philadelphia Basketball Legends
Black Basketball Hall of Famers, Ray "Chink" Scott, Wilt Chamberlain and Tee Parham sit in the front row of this picture of Philadelphia High School All-Stars.
Ben Franklin superstar, Claude Gross, handed Wilt Chamberlain his lone Public League defeat when he led his visiting team over mighty Overbrook. Gross would go on to play in the Eastern League, various independent Industrial Leagues and the famous Baker League. Eventually, he would become a youth basketball coach for more than 40 years in the Sonny Hill League.
Calling all Philly players, coaches, referees, managers and journalists! Help us make this the best basketball Hall of Fame in the country!