Actor Michael B Jordan announced that he will be launching The Hoop Dreams Classic, a basketball showcase featuring HBCU’s (History Black College and Universities) in his hometown, Newark.
“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 Hoop Dreams Classic will be a one-day doubleheader showcase. It will feature four of the top Division 1 HBCU’s women’s and men’s basketball teams. The annual event will highlight other aspects of HBCU life, such as battle of the bands, film festivals, and career opportunities.
A portion of the proceeds will go to organizations geared towards advancing HBCU’s and the community of Newark.
“After seeing firsthand the lack of resources and information available to basketball players, I was determined to make Hoop Dreams the vehicle that could provide the tools these kids need to be successful in life beyond the game,” said Hoop Dreams CEO Jessica Estrada. “Michael and I share similar foundations and visions for our communities which is why I am thrilled to partner with him.”
The Hoops Dream Classic starts on Dec. 18th, 2021 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.