JIM CALHOUN BASKETBALL GAME
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Jim Calhoun Basketball Game
Type: Exhibition Game
Location: Uncasville, Conn.
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
Jim Calhoun Basketball Game TicketsThe Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic Charity All-Star Game is an NBA-style exhibition match with a philanthropic cause. Since it first began, the game has raised more than $8 million to benefit the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health. The money comes from sponsors, general admissions and arena revenue. In conjunction with the Mohegan Sun Arena, legendary coach and basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Calhoun oversees and organizes all weekend activities, which include not just the basketball game, but golf tournaments and other events. Jim Calhoun’s charity game is a night of nostalgia and remembrance. It is one of the few opportunities that UConn fans will ever have to watch UConn greats in action one more time. Celebrating the school’s rich basketball history, the game has a competitive but laid back atmosphere for fans to enjoy. StubHub, a leading online marketplace, is your source for Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic Charity All-Star Game tickets.
When does the charity all-star game take place?The charity game is held, on average, every two years, or whenever Jim Calhoun and the Mohegan Sun Arena can come together with the former players to organize the event. There is no set schedule, so you should keep an eye on StubHub for more information about future events.
Which players are involved in the all-star charity game?The charity game involves former Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball stars, many of whom played directly for Jim Calhoun. The impressive lineup has included Ray Allen, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Caron Butler, Kevin Ollie, Donyell Marshall, Khalid El-Amin, Doron Sheffer, Ricky Moore, Rudy Gay, Travis Knight, Hilton Armstrong, Kemba Walker, Taliek Brown, Kevin Freeman and Charlie Villanueva. Some of the women’s players have included Nykesha Sales, Svetlana Abrosimova, Ashley Battle and Kalana Greene. The exact lineup will change from year to year.
What were the results of the 2018 edition?Jim Calhoun’s 2018 all-star game celebrated its 20th anniversary and its ninth edition. Team White defeated team Blue 112-106 on the strength of Ed Nelson’s game-high 15 points. Ryan Boatright (11 points and six assists) and Kalana Greene (who scored eight points) both received the game MVP award.
What are Jim Calhoun’s career accomplishments?Jim Calhoun is one of the most accomplished college coaches in modern basketball history. After graduating from American International, he received his first major coaching gig with the independent Northeastern University Huskies in 1972. Despite several middling seasons, Calhoun’s Northeastern team suddenly rose to national prominence after joining the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference North in 1979. Northeastern won the regular season conference championship in six of its first seven years and also earned an NCAA Tournament berth in five of those seasons. On the strength of this impressive record, Calhoun took over as the head coach of Connecticut in 1986 and proceeded to win the NIT championship in his second season. After more than a decade of consistent success, UConn won its first ever national championship in 1999 thanks to the performance of NCAA All-American star Richard Hamilton. UConn established itself as a college basketball powerhouse with two more championships in 2004 and 2011. Calhoun officially retired from head coaching duties at UConn and Division I college basketball in 2012, but he staged a brief comeback with Division III Saint Joseph in 2018.
What is the Mohegan Sun Arena like?The 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena is the official home of the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA and the New England Black Wolves lacrosse team. Surrounded by the larger Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment complex, the arena has a full set of modern amenities, premium seating, concessions and restaurants.
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