New York City’s first and only HBCU basketball tournament – December 14-15, 2013 Are you ready? The 7th 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 Howard University vs. Delaware State University (MEAC) 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 14th with a Leadership Summit and Sports/Entertainment Symposium, all inside of the iconic New York Times Building.
On Sunday, December 15th, we move to Barclays. 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 seventh 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.
For the past six years, the BAC has been held at the beautiful Madison Square Garden. This is the first year the BAC moves to the arena at the Barclays Center. 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.
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.
Each year, the BAC partners with a non-profit organization to donate a portion of ticket proceeds to a charitable cause that impacts the African American community. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the BAC will be donated to support the philanthropic efforts of Educational Learning Opportunities (ELO), a non-profit organization specifically designed to provide student mentoring, educational workshops, personal and professional development, as well as career planning.