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Big Apple Classic leaves MSG for Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Thu Dec 20, 2012 - 1:05pm    Print
Onnidan's HBCUSports | Big Apple Classic leaves MSG for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN - The Big Apple Classic has signed a multi-year agreement with Barclays Center and will be held at the Brooklyn venue starting December 2013. The annual showcase features the iconic southern basketball rivals, Howard University vs. Hampton University in the battle of the REAL HU, and Virginia State University vs. Virginia Union University. The BAC had been played at Madison Square Garden in the past.Big Apple Classic

"Big Apple Classic is a huge men's college basketball event and a great showcase for Historically Black College and University programs," said Louis "Skip" Perkins, Director of Athletics for Howard University. "So to compete in the Big Apple Classic in the brand new Barclays Center in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y., is an honor and a huge statement for the Bison family."

Off the court, Big Apple Classic (BAC) will provide an exciting platform for BAC festivities, including a dynamic drumline exhibition, a college fair and educational symposium, and an unforgettable halftime show.

"Hosting Big Apple Classic in Brooklyn presents a unique opportunity," said Ken Johnson, CEO of Johnson, Inc. and Founder of Big Apple Classic. "Not only is Barclays Center state-of-the-art, but Brooklyn's love of college basketball is evident as soon as you step foot in the building. The energy is unlike anywhere else."

A portion of the proceeds from BAC will be donated to support the philanthropic efforts of Educational Learning Opportunities, a non-profit organization specifically designed to provide student mentoring, educational workshops, personal and professional development, as well as career planning.

"We are proud to host a tournament that supports the strong tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. "Our college basketball events this season have brought a lot of excitement and energy to Barclays Center and we are thrilled to add Big Apple Classic to our lineup for next season."

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