Morehouse and Other HBCUs to Participate in Chris Paul's Newly Launched HBCU Tip-Off
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on July 29, 2021 |
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a newly developed collegiate event in partnership with NBA veteran Chris Paul. The Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off will take place November 22 and 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena with four Historically Black Colleges and Universities participating. The two-day doubleheader will feature Morehouse College, Virginia Union University, West Virginia State University, and Winston-Salem State University.
"We are very honored and grateful to be playing in this historic inaugural event, said head basketball coach Douglas Whittler. "We would like to thank Chris Paul, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Mohegan Sun, and all of the other sponsors for giving us this amazing opportunity. The CP3 HBCU Tip-off hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame gives our scholar-athletes the opportunity to experience something they will never forget. The Maroon Tiger Nation is looking forward to competing against high caliber NCAA HBCU basketball programs."
The Hall of Fame and the Paul Family share several unique ties to the participating institutions. Virginia Union is the alma mater of Class of 2021 enshrinee Ben Wallace and West Virginia State produced Class of 2003 Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd. Class of 1982 Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines coached at Winston-Salem State for 47 years, an HBCU Chris Paul and several of his family members have attended. Morehouse College has a very strong Journalism and Sports Program, which has documented the historical impact of HBCU's on the game of basketball.
"Chris Paul has shown unwavering support for HBCUs and brought an awareness to creating opportunities for the 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 proud to share in Chris's vision and bring this event to life at beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena."
"I appreciate the collaboration of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Mohegan Sun in hosting this inaugural event," said Chris Paul, 11-time NBA All-Star and Phoenix Suns point guard. "With several family members and friends who have attended HBCUs, I know first-hand how important they are to our community and I'm excited to offer an elevated experience to the players and fans this November."
The Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off is one event in the Hall of Fame's series of collegiate events, which continues to grow in an effort to celebrate the game outside the museum walls. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to continue its relationship with Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events and Position Sports in an event operations and media relations capacity.
Ticket information, game times, and television broadcast details and will be released at a later date. As the health and safety of the athletes, fans, and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed. For more information, please visit www.hoophall.com.
The Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off Schedule
Monday, November 22
Morehouse vs. Winston-Salem State
Virginia Union vs West Virginia State
Tuesday, November 23
SOURCE: Morehouse College
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