The idea for a basketball museum is born by Pedro Ferrándiz
The creation of the Foundation becomes reality with its first activities in November.
IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch inaugurates the Foundation in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain).
Mr. Ferrándiz proposes the idea of constructing a FIBA Hall of Fame.
The Central Board of FIBA approves to establish the FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas, next to the Foundation.
During the summer, the construction of the FIBA Hall of Fame started as a definitive step to make Alcobendas the world capital of basketball.
The FIBA Hall of Fame is inaugurated on the occasion of FIBA's 75th Anniversary
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A place for those who made the game
The idea for a place to preserve the heritage of international basketball goes back to 1990, when Pedro Ferrándiz talked to the then Secretary General Borislav Stankovic about his ambitious project. With the support of FIBA, only one year later the foundations for a building were laid in Alcobendas, a city close by Spain's capital Madrid, which would become the home of the Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation, the first basketball museum outside of the USA.
In 1996, a modern building of 1.500 square meters and a roof which imitates the shape of a basketball was inaugurated by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
The main objective of the Foundation is the preservation and diffusion of the "culture of basketball". Since its creation in 1991, the Foundation has organized numerous exhibitions, forums, photographic exhibitions, art contests for paintings and sculptures, research projects, scholarships, courses, congresses and has also edited hundreds of publications.
At the entry of the Foundation the journey through the history of basketball begins through unique collections of basketballs, medals, trophies, philatelic collections and various memorabilia such as player uniforms, entry tickets, post cards and other event souvenirs.
The pearl of the Foundation is the "Samaranch Library", the biggest basketball library in the world. It currently features 10.000 books and 950 magazines from over 65 countries, in 35 different languages. The access to the library is free of charge and the consultation of its funds can be done via mail, fax and email.
Idea for FIBA Hall of Fame takes shape
In 1999 Mr. Ferrándiz proposes the idea of constructing a FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas next to the foundation and two years later the Central Board of FIBA approves the project.
In 2007 the FIBA Hall of Fame, a brand new building which has four floors and covers 2.000 square meters, is inaugurated on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of FIBA.
The primary goal of the FIBA Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport and its protagonists. The key criterion for selection for the FIBA Hall of Fame is outstanding achievement at an international level in the development and dedication to the sport of basketball in four categories: Players, Coaches, Referees, and Contributors.
Nominations for inductees can be submitted by FIBA member federations, Zones, Central Board members, and the FIBA Screening Committee. Induction ceremonies will take place every two years starting in 2007.
The FIBA Screening Committee, consisting of Mr. Patrick Baumann and the Central Board members, Mr. Jenaro Marchand (PUR) and Manfred Ströher (GER), carefully assesses all nominations and submits a list of candidates to the FIBA Honours Committee. It consists of the FIBA President, Mr. Bob Elphinston (AUS), the FIBA Vice President George Vassilakopoulos (GRE), and the FIBA Secretary General Emeritus Borislav Stankovic (SRB). The Honours Committee assesses the list of nominations from the Screening Committee and makes the final decisions regarding each intake into the FIBA Hall of Fame.
In the past 15 years since its creation, the FIBA Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation has established itself as a true reference on the international level, a living example of the preservation of the history and the culture of our sport. The FIBA Hall of Fame will continue to preserve the proud history and give a home to those who made our game.