Keep an eye out this weekend during March Madness and you’ll be sure to see Hillyard's SureFoot Game Day Mop at work, silently ensuring the safety for players on the court.
We would like to congratulate Taira Roth for being recognized as one of the recipients for the 2019 Wynn Award by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Taira was honored during the annual Women’s Sports Luncheon in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, March 27th for her talent and athleticism in basketball and golf during her high school and college years.
Taira was a two-sport athlete during her time at both Central High School and Missouri Western State University. In high school, she was a three-year varsity letter-winner in basketball, earning All-City honors as a senior. In golf, she placed seventh and sixth in the 1998 and 1999 state meets, respectively, helping the 1999 team to a third-place finish. At Missouri Western, she was part of the 2002 MIAA basketball championship team and named the university’s Female Athlete of the Year in both 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. She also was part of the inaugural Missouri Western women’s golf team.
It’s an exciting time in the sports world as teams across the country hit the court with NCAA® March Madness in full swing. In the spirit of the game, we are stopping to reflect on our own basketball heritage and our contribution to the game of basketball.
Hillyard’s founding father, Newton S. Hillyard, was one of many that helped propel the game of basketball to what it is today. Yes, while everyone knows the story of Dr. James Naismith, few know the role Newt played to improve the game and safety of the players on the court.
It really all started when Newton’s son, Marvin, approached him to sponsor an AAU basketball team. As Newton agreed, he became more and more aware of the dangers of the slippery, oily floors the teams were playing on, and realized how unsafe they were to the players. He quickly decided to develop wood gym floor coatings that were durable, easy-to-maintain, and offered players a sure-footed playing surface.
(KANSAS CITY) – Small College Basketball is excited to announce a return to St. Joseph, Missouri for the 2019 Small College Basketball Division II Classic, presented by Hillyard and the SCB National Hall of Fame Induction ceremony next November.
Formerly known as the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, SCB Division II Classic will return to the Civic Arena on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, while the National Hall of Fame will now take place at the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph, Missouri on Thursday, November 1.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - With much excitement, Small College Basketball (SCB) announces that they 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Hall of Fame Classic will move to St. Joseph, Mo. After spending the inaugural two years in Evansville, Ind., Small College Basketball has partnered with Missouri Western State University and the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring these marquee events within college basketball to St. Joseph.
ST. JOSEPH – Griffon men's basketball begins this weekend as Missouri Western hosts five regional universities in the 26thAnnual Hillyard Tip-Off Classic.
Six games will be played in the MWSU Fieldhouse between Friday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 12.Visiting St. Joseph from the MIAA are Northwest Missouri State and Washburn. From the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference are Northern State, Upper Iowa and Winona State. Each day of the classic will feature three games.
Friday, Nov. 10
11 a.m. – Washburn vs Northern State
1 p.m. – Northwest Missouri vs Upper Iowa
3 p.m. – Missouri Western vs Winona State
Sunday, Nov. 12
12 p.m. – Northwest Missouri vs Northern State
2 p.m. – Missouri Western vs Upper Iowa
4 p.m. – Winona State vs Washburn
Tickets are on sale now and are good for three games each day. Adult general admission tickets are $10 with visiting college students, youth general admission (age-7 through high school) and senior citizens at $5. To order tickets, click here or call 816-271-4481.
Now in its 26th year, the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic is one of the premier Division II regional classics in the nation. Title sponsor Hillyard Inc. has had a longstanding relationship with Missouri Western and basketball. The Hillyard family and companies have supported The Basketball Hall Of Fame since its inception. N. S. Hillyard's son-in-law, Elliot C. Spratt, was the first president of The Basketball Hall Of Fame. N. S. Hillyard's grandson, R. Haskell Hillyard, carried on the Hillyard tradition of service to basketball by serving as a Hall Of Fame Trustee for many years and remains a Trustee Emeritus. Haskell Hillyard also received the John Bunn Award for his and his company's many contributions to The Basketball Hall Of Fame.
For the Hillyard family and companies' many contributions to basketball, the main lobby of The Basketball Hall Of Fame has been dedicated as a permanent exhibit to their many accomplishments.