Welcome to the 2014 Big Apple Classic – Brooklyn NYC

Be a part of one of the largest HBCU Basketball Tournaments on the East Coast!

Basketball Doubleheader       College Fair (Over 25 schools represented)     Professional Networking      

Battle of the Bands        Step Show        Drumline Competition       Community Impact Award

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The 8th Annual Big Apple Classic basketball tournament returns to New York bigger and better than ever! Gear up for an exciting two-day weekend as we bring the incredible HBCU experience firsthand to “The Big Apple!”

This year, we’re taking the Big Apple Classic tournament live to Barclays—Hello Brooklyn! Join us this December as four arch rivals from the nation’s most prominent HBCUs North Carolina Central University vs. Howard University   and Virginia State University vs. Virginia Union University (CIAA)-battle in a doubleheader to defend their title as BAC champs.

The Big Apple Classic doesn’t just stop at exciting basketball! Big Apple Classic weekend officially kicks off on Saturday, December 6th.

On Sunday, December 7th, be sure to catch the college fair, featuring over 20 HBCUs. Then, we’re bringing the house down with a dynamic step show performance, drum-line competition, and highly-anticipated halftime show—and don’t forget about the basketball… We Go Hard.

The Big Apple Classic was launched seven years ago as New York’s first ever HBCU basketball competition. Each year, the Big Apple Classic transforms into the ultimate family and social event, attracting thousands of alumni, students, and fans from across the country to the Big Apple to take part in this annual tradition.

Now in its eighth year, the Big Apple Classic experience has grown to encompass more than just live basketball. In addition to exciting basketball action featuring top CIAA and MEAC teams, BAC attendees enjoy live entertainment, an HBCU college fair, and more.

This is the second year the BAC will take place at the Barclays Center.


Produced by Johnson, Inc., a full service marketing/PR/communications firm based out of Richmond, Virginia, the Big Apple Classic aims to increase black college awareness and expose the rich academic and athletic heritage of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Northeastern region. The Classic draws 12,000+ attendees annually.

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