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2024 Ceremony Information

2024 Ceremony

About the Ceremony

We're thrilled to celebrate our 2024 Class.

Join us Saturday, April 20th at the Hilton Polaris for an evening to remember. We can't wait to see you!

We're recognizing Ohio's basketball greats and their achievements in high school, college, and professional basketball, a few of the greatest coaches in the game, and those who have impacted the game along the way.

The evening is a true celebration of basketball, its rich history, and those who have contributed to the game in Ohio. 

Since we got such great feedback from our 2023 Ceremony - we're keeping our revamped program. We've moved to theater-style seating and an enhanced kick-off reception, to allow for people to meet and mingle with more friends and family, as well as shorten the length of the overall event. We'll have even more room for the reception this year.

Join us for a night to remember as we honor and celebrate the 2024 Class. One ticket includes the Reception & Induction Ceremony. 

The 2024 Ceremony details:

Hilton Polaris 
8700 Lyra Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43240

4:00 pm — Doors open for the event
4:00 pm — Reception & greeting the 2024 Class, including food & drinks
5:30 pm — Ceremony honoring our 2024 Inductees & Scholarship Recipients

We'll have a bar open & soft drinks available throughout the Ceremony. The festivities will continue after the conclusion of the ceremony for those wishing to keep celebrating with their friends and families.

Shawn Bailey, 2023 Emcee
Shawn Bailey, Ceremony Emcee

This year's Master of Ceremonies is Shawn Bailey. He honed his basketball skills at Hilliard High School before playing for 2016 Inductee Larry Hunter at Wittenberg, where he was a three-year letterman and tri-captain his senior year. Shawn was a part of a senior class that won over 94 games in their college career and finished third in the country during the 1987 DIII NCAA tournament. 

Shawn is the founder of the nonprofit NeXT Basketball Foundation and is deeply dedicated to creating future leaders through community service and community initiatives. Beyond inspiring and impacting youth across Ohio, Shawn is Director of Business Development at NBC4/Columbus (Nexstar Media) and the President/Founder of Reid, William & Reese Consulting. His decades working for Fortune 500 companies make him a valuable asset to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. Today the Double-Goal Coach Award National Finalist lives in Powell with his wife Rhonda. They are the proud parents of six children - five sons and a daughter. 

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