• Promoting Jesuit higher education through basketball
  • Celebrating excellence...
    on the court and off.

  • This season, men's and women's basketball teams from Jesuit colleges and universities played against each other in more than 80 games across the country.

    2016-17 National Jesuit Players of the Week
    November 22, 2016
    November 29, 2016
    December 6, 2016
    December 13, 2016
    December 20, 2016
    January 3, 2017
    January 10, 2017
    January 17, 2017
    January 24, 2017
    January 31, 2017
    February 7, 2017
    February 14, 2017
    February 21, 2017
    February 28, 2017
    March 7, 2017

  • Purchase the 2016-17 Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Poster!

    For bulk orders, please write to jesuitbasketball@ajcunet.edu.

  • What is the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Program?

    The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) is a nationwide effort to capitalize on basketball games between Jesuit schools and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness and exposure to Jesuit education and its shared mission. This project was developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in 2008 in response to member institutions wanting to spread the word of Jesuit higher education through the more than 80 basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other every season.
    Jesuit institutions promote academic excellence, service and justice, and encourage students to seek God in all things and be men and women for others. Today, Jesuit institutions boast over 2 million living alumni across the world, including 10% of the United States Congress and basketball legends Bob Cousy (College of the Holy Cross), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown University), Bill Russell (University of San Francisco) and John Stockton (Gonzaga University).
    There are a number of ways that institutions can support and promote the JBS program:
    • Play the JBS video during game breaks or half-time, or post it on athletic websites
    • Broadcast a JBS game-time announcement about Jesuit higher education in the U.S.
    • Promote the National Jesuit Basketball Player of the Week selections
    • Host a clothing / food drive before game-time
    • Host a pre-game reception with Jesuits
    The possibilities are endless! Contact the AJCU office with any questions: (202) 862-9893 or jesuitbasketball@ajcunet.edu.


    Jesuit basketball and the JBS program have been well-covered in national publications over the past few years. Here are a few examples:

    ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi discusses the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program at the 4-minute mark in this interview from the Nov. 19, 2014 men's basketball game between Gonzaga University and Saint Joseph's University in Spokane, WA.

    The Washington Post

    Add basketball to Catholic colleges’ springtime rituals
    By Michael Schulson | Religion News Service, March 26, 2014


    Catholic Opportunity
    Editors | Current Comment, April 8, 2013

    Marquette Wire

    By Julie Grace, Marquette University, November 12, 2015


    Holy Hoops
    By Theresa Walker | CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), February 2014


    By Tim Muldoon | Ignatianspirituality.com, November 19, 2013
  • Where can I learn more about JBS?