Michael B. Jordan is launching the “Hoop Dreams Classic” a basketball showcase that will feature the nation’s top HBCU men’s and women’s basketball teams. The one-day event will kick off on December 18 at the Prudential Center in Jordan’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey. A percentage of the money made at the event will be donated to organizations working to advance HBCUs in the Newark area.
Jordan announced the event in December 2020, when he explained that he was motivated to put on the event together after the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others at the hands of police officers in 2020.
“This past year has been the tipping point for so many, including myself, in revving up support for Black people,” Jordan said in a statement. “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.”
The event will also highlight HBCU culture and tradition through live musical performances, a Battle of the Bands competition, film festivals, and educational resources for students to learn about college and career opportunities.
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