Michael B. Jordan Starts Inaugural HBCU College Hoops Showcase, the Hoop Dreams Classic

As we await the reprisal of Michael B Jordan‘s role as Killmonger for the highly anticipated Black Panther 2, the actor and producer continue to use his celebrity platform to uplift the African-American community, particularly a Black College community ravaged by the effects of COVID-19.

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Jordan, in partnership with WME Sports, the sports division of WME, an Endeavor company, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), ad Scout, Horizon Media’s sports, entertainment, and experiential marketing agency, today announced the launch of an inaugural HBCU college basketball showcase, the Hoop Dreams Classic.

The event will be held on December 18, 2021, at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and will feature four of the top Division I HBCU Men’s and Women’s basketball programs. A portion of the proceeds will go to the schools involved. 

The Hoop Dreams Classic will be a one-day, doubleheader basketball showcase. It will also feature an immersive cultural experience highlighting other elements of HBCU life and culture, including Battle of the Bands, culinary events, live musical performances, film festivals, college and career opportunities, and more.

Partial proceeds from the event will support organizations focused on advancing historically black colleges and universities and the local Newark community.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.