Michael B. Jordan has recently announced his plans to hold an HBCU basketball showcase for all talented hoopers called the “The Hoops Dream Classic” that will take place in Newark, New Jersey. This promising opportunity will be offered to HBCU men and women’s basketball teams in 2021.
Now, you probably scanned the headline and assumed that NBA legendary Chicago Bulls basketball player, Michael Jordan, is responsible for this event. However, Michael B. Jordan, who is best known for his starring roles in Creed and Black Panther, is the one responsible for the showcase taking place in his very hometown of Newark.
Jordan said in a statement, “This past year has been the tipping point for so many, including myself, in revving up support for Black people,” cbssports.com reported. “As a Newark native, I am committed to bringing change to the community and am honored to be able to present The Hoop Dreams Classic as a way to celebrate the value of community, education, and Black college experiences. Through our shared love of basketball, I look forward to bringing the communal spirit of HBCUs to the city that helped shape me into the man I am today.”
Not only will the “Hoop Dream Classic” provide the chance for HBCU hoopers to show off their talents and be given a higher platform, but the event will also be about life and culture. According to a forbes.com, “the showcase will feature ‘an immersive cultural experience highlighting other elements of HBCU life and culture, including Battle of the Bands, live musical performances, film festivals, culinary events, and college and career opportunities.’”
The proceeds from the event will be given to various supporting organizations that focus on and advocate for advancing HBCU programs and the Newark community.
Hoopers, this is your time to shine! The two-game HBCU basketball showcase is scheduled to be played Dec. 18, 2021 at Newark’s Prudential Center.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV
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