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Black College All-Star Game To Return To Gund Arena
CLEVELAND – The second annual inaugural Black College All-Star Game will return to Gund Arena on Saturday, April 16, 2005 in downtown Cleveland. Event organizers have developed a new plan for the college game.
“We plan to increase the level of competition and fan involvement by pitting the top basketball players in the country from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) against top players from colleges across the State of Ohio,” said John C. Pace, Jr., president of World Class Events Management, Inc., which manages the event.
“We are very excited to be returning to Gund Arena to bring back the Black College All-Star Game after experiencing such a tremendous response in its first year,” Mr. Pace continued.
“Bringing in Ohio College All-Stars will make this year’s game even more extraordinary than the inaugural event.”
The all-star game will be part of a basketball quadruple header that will include a celebrity game featuring high-profile athletes, actors and entertainers, and will be hosted by actress/comedienne Kym Whitley (a Greater-Cleveland native).
Whitley, who starred in Next Friday and is former host of BET’s Oh! Drama, is the honorary chairperson for the Black College All-Star Game & Celebrity Extravaganza. Cleveland high school girls and boys all-star basketball games and a cheerleading competition will tip off the day’s festivities.
The event is expected to attract 30,000 people to downtown Cleveland, including 16,000 at Gund Arena. The event is expected to generate approximately $11 million in economic impact in Northeast Ohio through money spent at hotels, retail establishments, restaurants and entertainment venues.
It will provide more than $100,000 annually for the scholarship funds of community-based organizations that participate in fundraising opportunities provided by the event.
Other festivities will include:
– Concerts featuring nationally renowned recording artists.
– Parties and social events hosted by community-based groups and celebrities.
Among some of the featured HBCU players will be:
Anthony Diggs, Kentucky State; Devin Green, Hampton; Chakowby Hicks, Norfolk State; Curtis Knight, N.C. Central; Benjamin Mitchum, LeMoyne-Owen; Clarence Tubbs, Wilberforce.
Roshaun Bowens, Tennessee State; Peter Cipriano, Southern; Ariam Ellis, Central (Ohio) State; Joseph King Jr., Miles College; Jason Williams, Lane College.
Letheal Cook, Bowie State; Rod Flowers, Tennessee State; Kenyon Gamble, Tuskegee; Kelly Ross, Jackson State.
For more information, log into the event’s web site (www.blackcollegeallstargame.com).