• Celebrating excellence: on the court and off.

  • National Jesuit Player of the Week

    November 21, 2017: Men's | Women's
    November 28, 2017: Men's | Women's
    December 5, 2017: Men's | Women's
    December 12, 2017: Men's | Women's
    December 19, 2017: Men's | Women's
    January 9, 2018: Men's | Women's
    January 16, 2018: Men's | Women's
    January 23, 2018: Men's | Women's
    January 30, 2018: Men's | Women's
    February 6, 2018: Men's | Women's
    February 13, 2018: Men's | Women's
    February 20, 2018: Men's | Women's

  • 2018 Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service

    The 2017-18 season will see great things during the first week of January, when student-athletes across the country will participate in the inaugural Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service. We are grateful for the leadership of the athletic directors from D-II, D-III and NAIA Jesuit schools, who have spent the past year collaborating with each other to make this initiative possible.


    On Friday, December 29, Spring Hill College's men's and women's basketball teams will hold free basketball clinics on campus (8:00 AM and 1:00 PM) for students who are members of local inner-city YMCA centers in Mobile, AL. Participants will attend a 2-hour skills clinic and then attend either the men's or women's team practice. An autograph session will be held in conjunction with each event. Participants will also hear from head coaches about the value of a Jesuit education and have the chance to ask questions. All participants, and their families, will be given free admission to the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday, December 30 at 2:00 PM (women) and 4:00 PM (men). Participants will be recognized during halftime of each game.


    The John Carroll University (JCU) men's and women’s basketball programs will collaborate with St. Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland, OH to promote the Jesuit mission of the University. On Wednesday, January 3, the women's team will host a number of events for students, including a joint shoot-around and Q&A with the JCU coaches and players leading up to tipoff against Heidelberg for a matchup at 7:30 PM. The following Saturday, January 6, the men’s program will also hold a clinic for St. Martin De Porres students, and will invite them to join the team for their pregame Mass in the JCU chapel before their game versus Capital at 2:00 PM.


    On Wednesday January 3, the Regis University women’s basketball team will make their second annual trip to the Denver Children’s Hospital, where they will spend time visiting and sharing stories with patients and their families. Patients will even have the opportunity to receive autographs and take selfies with the players to share on social media! The Children’s Hospital is especially important to the team as a former player now works there as a nurse. The hospital also provides an internship for members of the team who desire to pursue a career in medicine. On Tuesday, January 9, the Regis men’s basketball team will spend a day with kids of all grades at nearby Centennial Elementary School as a part of the University's ongoing service to the community. Teammates will be organized into small groups to lead basketball drills in the gym, and read stories and help students inside the school's classrooms.


    On Thursday, January 4 (12:00 PM to 1:30 PM), Le Moyne College will host two teams from the Central NY Unified Sports Basketball league, to play a league game featuring Le Moyne athletes serving as referees, assistant coaches, and scorers table assigners. Unified Sports is an international program within the World Special Olympics that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities. Le Moyne athletes will conduct skills drills programs during an extended half-time, and video in-game interviews with the players, much like in a professional basketball setting. The day will wrap up with a pizza party for the special-needs athletes and their families after the game. They will then be invited back to to a home game on Saturday, January 6, when they will be introduced at half time as special guests of Le Moyne. The video and interviews will be played on Le Moyne's video board to help fans learn more about Unified Sports and the events on January 4.


    On Friday, January 5, the Rockhurst University men's and women's basketball teams will host a free basketball clinic for children from Kansas City, MO. It will include photos and autograph sessions with both teams. The following day (Saturday, January 6), all participants will be invited back to campus to attend the women's game at 1:00 PM and the men's game at 3:00 PM.


    On Friday, January 5, Loyola University New Orleans will host 30 students from The Good Shepherd School for an afternoon clinic featuring Loyola's men's and women's basketball players. The Good Shepherd School (GSS) was founded by Rev. Harry Tompson, S.J., the former pastor of Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. In the Jesuit tradition, GSS seeks to help low-income, urban youth in order to realize their fullest potential as productive members of society by providing them with an extended-day, year-round, quality education, integrated with personal, moral and spiritual development.


    The University of Scranton's men’s and women’s basketball teams will be conducting a free basketball clinic and autograph session in conjunction with their doubleheader against Elizabethtown on Saturday, January 6. The clinic will be conducted in the morning while the autograph sessions will be conducted immediately following their respective games. The men are scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 PM while the women are slated for tip-off at 4:00 PM.

  • Hear more about the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service from Rev. Dennis Baker, S.J., president of Xavier High School in Micronesia, and Jesuit basketball fan.

  • Purchase the 2017-18 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