Join the Men’s Basketball Team in Northern Ireland

The Jaspers will play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on December 1-2, 2017.

Belfast Classic logoJaspers logoManhattan College is scheduled to take part in the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Sport Changes Life, the Rory Foundation and The SSE Arena.

The two-day tournament held on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 will feature Manhattan College vs. Holy Cross and La Salle vs. Towson. The consolation and championship games will be held on the second day of the classic.

Chaka Travel is offering an exclusive five-day, four-night ground package from Wednesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 3 for Manhattan College alumni, fans and parents starting at $635 per person, which includes but is not limited to lodging, tours and premium tickets to the tournament games. Air fare is not included.

Aer Lingus is the official airline for the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic and is offering special fares to Manhattan College alumni, fans and parents traveling to support the Jaspers with rates starting at $469. Here is more information on Aer Lingus rates.

Those interested in booking a trip may also contact the Manhattan College alumni office at or (718) 862-7432.

The Basketball Hall of Fame has partnered with Sport Changes Life, a registered United Kingdom charity and United States nonprofit organization that works in disadvantaged communities to help young people find a path to a brighter future with the help of international student-athletes. The Basketball Hall of Fame, in combination with the MAAC, aims to support this cause by extending their reach across the Atlantic. Rory McIlroy and his Foundation will also join the cause.

“We are very excited to host our first-ever international event in Belfast,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Teaming up with Sport Changes Life provides an excellent opportunity for these collegiate athletes to compete abroad while learning about another culture and making a positive impact in the lives of local youth.”

“This is an historic event for everyone involved. Sport Changes Life is delighted to be in partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame and our friends at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to bring this level of basketball to the island of Ireland,” said Gareth Maguire, CEO of Sport Changes Life. “We are delighted to be building on these partnerships with others such as the Rory Foundation, Aer Lingus, Velocity Worldwide and Belfast City Council as we work together in creating a brighter future for our young people. Through this prestigious event we are certain that we will inspire generations of young people in our quest to help change lives through sport.”

In addition to the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a series of ongoing community relations events and initiatives will be held in and around Belfast. Details surrounding specific events and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in this inaugural event with the prestigious Basketball Hall of Fame," said Manhattan College head coach Steve Masiello. "We look forward to proudly representing the college in Northern Ireland."

By Pete McHugh