If you ask many people in United States “Where do the Italian Americans live?” it is often true that the northeast comes to mind. The Italian immigrant wave in the early 20th century famously began a great migration from the “old country”. The classic stories of Ellis Island often start with New York City. The entire northeast enjoys a beautiful la...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is set to honor NIAF Chairman Emeritus Jerry Colangelo at the Foundation’s Arizona Regional Gala in Phoenix on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the iconic Arizona Biltmore Hotel, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Colangelo will be receiving the inaugural Jerry Colangelo Sports Excellence Award in recognition of hi...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will present multisport luminary Jerry Colangelo with the Mario Andretti Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala and induction ceremony at the Westin O’Hare. The event has been moved from Nov. 13 to Dec. 10. “When the hall of fame needed help making the move to Taylor Street, Jerry Colangelo was there....

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) congratulates former Chairman Jerry Colangelo on leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive gold in men’s basketball. The gold medal came after an 87-82 win over France on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. “We are extremely proud of Jerry’s accomplishments as executive director of USA Basketball. We salute Je...

The NBA player playoff game boycotts Wednesday through Friday in the Orlando bubble has drawn support from the league's brass and several team owners, including Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. That support reflects the league's diversity initiatives dating back to former Suns owner and sports impresario Jerry Colangelo paving the way for the NBA'...

Today we go west, to the Grand Canyon State: Arizona. The story of the Italians here starts with an important explorer, Father Eusebio Kino: we will learn about this incredible hero, another Italian explorer who helped many people, included a lot of Native Americans. Our guest, the person who will lead us through Italy in Arizona, is Massimo Paolil...

Attribute to Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., National Italian American Foundation Chairman (NIAF) and John M. Viola, President   "On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation's Board of Directors, we congratulate Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo on b...

By David Roeder and Fran Spielman The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, operating under a financial cloud, is in line to be sold. Whether the deal assures the museum's future remains to be seen. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has a part of the transaction, and its goal is to keep the place open.   The museum's pending sale...

We've been worried about the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame for a while. The Little Italy landmark has been in trouble with its bank for some time now, and the prospect of it being shut down was saddening. But with powerful backers like sports mogul Jerry Colangelo — the man whom the museum's building is named after — it didn't succ...

Join Jerry Colangelo and friends on Saturday, March 15, 2014, for the Fourth Annual NIAF Golf Tournament at the Wigwam Golf Resort.   With a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., the tournament will include 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, and special gifts and giveaways. To register your foursome online, visit www.niaf.org/azgolf.  ...