Newark, stand up!
Michael B. Jordan recently announced a new HBCU basketball showcase in Newark, NJ, Good Morning America reports.
The “Hoop Dreams Classic” is a new inaugural showcase created by Jordan to give back to his hometown, Newark, New Jersey. The “Creed” star recently announced the initiative in partnership with WME Sports, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), and Scout Sports and Entertainment/Horizon Media (Scout). The one day showcase will feature four of the top Division 1 HBCU men’s and women’s basketball programs.
“This past year has been the tipping point for so many, including myself, in revving up support for Black people. 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,” Jordan said.
The showcase will also feature an “immersive cultural experience, including culinary events, live musical performances, film festivals, a battle of the bands that highlights life at an HBCu, as well as career and college opportunities. A portion of the proceeds will support the Newark community and organizations that are helping to advance historically Black colleges and universities.
“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,” said Jordan.
The “Hoop Dreams Classic” will be held on December 18, 2021, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey!
Thank you for your contribution, Michael!
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