Chris Ford is one of the most modest and decent superstars you could have ever had the pleasure to know.

Chris Ford passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at the age of 74, following a heart episode that occurred on his 74th Birthday, on January 11, 2023.

Chris Ford was a star basketball player at every level of play:

  • Holy Spirit High School
  • Villanova University
  • NBA, where Chris Ford was a star player and head coach for the storied Boston Celtics, during the Larry Byrd era.

Ford is a member of the following Hall of Fame organizations:

  • Holy Spirit High School
  • Villanova University
  • The "Big 5"
  • Atlantic City
  • South Jersey

Ford was named to the NBA Detroit Pistons All-Time Team.

Ford was also named a "Living Legend" by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

Ford's memorable # 42 has been retired by both Holy Spirit High School and Villanova University.

Chris Ford has the honor and distinction of making the first 3-point shot in NBA history.

Chris Ford was a great teammate ... just ask Larry Bird, who has publicly commented about how important Ford was to the Boston Celtics as both a player and head coach.

Chris Ford had an exemplary career as a player and head coach for the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

Now, for the news about the 2nd Annual Chris Ford Memorial Basketball Tournament:


June 8: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

June 9: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where:Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, Evolution Arena, 317 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The event organizers said the following about Chris Ford and the fast approaching event.

  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Cooper Levenson
  • Evolution
  • The Finkel Group at Merrill Lynch
  • SOSH Architects
  • Team June Madness (Anonymous Sponsor)
  • UBS

Chris Ford has had a long history of volunteerism with the youth basketball programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.

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