The second annual circuit of two Chris Paul HBCU events, the Boost Mobile HBCU Tip-Off and the Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge was announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Four historically black colleges and universities will participate in the Boost Mobile HBCU Tip-Off on November 15-16 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Clark Atlanta University, Virginia Union University, Johnson C. Smith University and Xavier University of Louisiana will face off in the two-day double-header.
Four HBCUs will compete in the Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge on December 17-18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Texas Southern University and North Carolina A&T State University will face off in the two-day double-header.
“Chris Paul has been a committed supporter of HBCUs and has worked diligently to create opportunities for student-athletes at these institutions,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame is thrilled to build on last year’s success, and we look forward to watching both of these tournaments over two exciting weekends of basketball.”
Paul, a philanthropist and entrepreneur, has long supported historically black colleges and universities. Paul was a logical choice for Boost Mobile, whose goal is to provide inexpensive wireless coverage in all areas. He was just named to President Joe Biden’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Advisory Board. Why Not Us: North Carolina Central Basketball and Why Not Us: FAMU Football on ESPN+ were produced by Paul. Additionally, Paul has partnered with Harvard Business School to bring its entertainment, media, and sports program to a number of historically black colleges and universities to create a pipeline for students interested in jobs in these areas. He launched HBCU Vote Initiatives to encourage students to vote in recent elections, and he partnered with Sour Patch Kids and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to launch The Mischief for Change Scholarship, a scholarship fund universities with a commitment of $1 million over the next five years. years for students attending historically black colleges and universities. Paul is a graduate student at Winston-Salem State University.
“We are so excited for the second year of our HBCU Challenge. It’s great to work with our partners to give these student-athletes a national stage that they might not otherwise have,” said Paul. “I hope these events will give these players an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. I sincerely appreciate the collaboration of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Mohegan Sun and MGM. We love Boost Mobile as a partner because of their commitment to HBCU schools and athletes in partnership with this event.
“At Boost Mobile, we are always looking to align ourselves with individuals and brands that truly make a difference for underrepresented communities. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our love for basketball, and align ourselves with Chris Paul and giving HBCU student-athletes a national stage is something we’re proud to be a part of,” said Andrea Henderson, VP of Brand Marketing, Boost Mobile. “I can’t wait to see the faces of the students -athletes when they have the chance to compete on this national stage.It will mean everything to me.
The Boost Mobile Tip-Off and the Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge, both hosted by Chris Paul, are two of the Hall of Fame’s collegiate events, which are growing with the goal of promoting basketball outside the gates of the museum. The Chris Paul Family Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame cooperated in both events.
Ticket information, match times and TV broadcast details will be released at a later date. For more information, visit www.hoophall.com.