Michael B. Jordan is admired by many not just for his craft as an actor, but for his heart as an activist. Next year, he will be turning his resources towards the students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to spotlight Black college basketball players in a refreshing way.
According to People, showcase has been named “The Hoop Dreams Classic.” It’s inaugural kick-off is slated for December 18, 2021 in the actor’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center. According to a statement Jordan made to Forbes, this work in the sports community has been an intention of his for quite some time.
“This past year has been the tipping point for so many, including myself, in revving up support for Black people, said Jordan. 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.”
The tournament will be an exciting and eventful day. It’s a doubleheader that will showcase four of the top HBCU Division I men’s and women’s basketball programs. Elements of HBCU culture outside of sports will be honored as well. There will be a battle of the bands, live performances, film festivals, and culinary events, plus college and career opportunities.
Hoop Dreams CEO Jessica Estrada is will guide the program with Jordan’s spirit of change. “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,” she said. “Michael and I share similar foundations and visions for our communities which is why I am thrilled to partner with him.”
Partial proceeds from the event will go towards organizations that advance HBCUs and the local Newark community. Partners supporting The Hoop Dreams Classic include WME Sports, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, and Scout Sports and Entertainment/Horizon Media.
“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.