The Mighty Macs: Toast of the Town

Induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts

Since the release of The Mighty Macs movie in 2011, Immaculata’s three championship teams continue to be showered with honors.  And they are well deserved.

At a joyful celebration in Springfield, MA, the famous Mighty Macs were again the toast of the town.  Continuing to receive accolades far and wide, the Mighty Macs’ three championship teams were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, August 8.

Supported by family, friends, alumni, and administration from Immaculata, the teams from 1972, 1973, and 1974 received recognition that was truly earned.

On entering the pre-reception party at the Mass Mutual Ballroom near the Hall of Fame building, a sense of excitement was felt. Along with Immaculata’s teams, the Naismith class of 2014 included such national notables as: Alonzo Mourning, NBA player; Bob Leonard, ABA Coach; Nolan Richardson, coach; Mitch Richmond, NBA player; Gary Williams, coach; Sarunas Marciulionis, NBA player; Nat Clifton, NBA player; Guy Rodgers, NBA player; and David Stern, former NBA Commissioner.

Immediately following the pre-reception, the formal award was received at the enshrinement ceremony held at Symphony Hall in Springfield. When the Mighty Macs’ turn came, Cathy Rush, a Hall of Famer from the class of 2008, presented her championship team members from 1972, 1973, and 1974.  Proudly, they took their position behind Theresa Shank Grentz ’74. Theresa spoke on behalf of all of the team members.

The ceremony was aired live on NBA-TV network and streamed globally.

After the cameras dimmed, the celebration continued. Immaculata hosted a post-enshrinement party at the Sheraton Monarch Hotel in Springfield. Over 100 family, friends, and Mighty Macs celebrated this wonderful achievement.

Check website for updates on more awards:

November 13, 2014

Induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame at the Sheraton, Society Hill in Philadelphia

June 13, 2015

Honored as “Trailblazers” by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF) in Knoxville, TN

The WBHOF will recognize the 1972-74 Immaculata College Mighty Macs for their contributions to the game in a display at the Hall entitled “Trailblazers of the Game.” The Mighty Macs will join the All-American Red Heads, Edmonton Grads, the Former Helms/Citizens Savings/Founders Bank, the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens, and the 1976 USA Olympic Team as the only six groups recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.”

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