ATLANTA HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

HBCU challenge

NOV. 18 – 19, 2022

“Celebrating Black History, Black Excellence,
and Black Cultural Experiences”

The ATL Has Something to Say HBCU Challenge will be in the heart of Atlanta and played on the beautiful campus of Morehouse College at Forbes Arena. Atlanta, a true sports town, basketball hotbed, and diverse city, is among the best places to live, work, and make a difference in communities and the world. Atlanta is home to some of the most distinguished and exclusive HBCUs, celebrities, ambassadors, influencers, alumni, faculty, staff, boosters, key stake-holders, business, civic, and government leaders, parks and recreation organizations, high schools, colleges, universities, loyal fans, and supporters.  There’s no place like ATL’s culture, music, art, entertainment, radio, television stations and personalities, and professional sports teams, and rich history. 

who

HBCU All Stars LLC

As a black-owned sports marketing, media and events company, we aim to advocate, educate, invest, and showcase the best in black college basketball to bring much needed exposure, visibility, & recognition to prestigious HBCUs and hardworking, talented student athletes and brilliant coaches across the country. 

what

ATL HAS SOMETHING TO SAY CHALLENGE

The first ever “ATL Has Something to Say HBCU Challenge” is about more than just basketball. The various events throughout the weekend including, College Admissions Fair, Student-Athlete Empowerment Seminar, and Social Justice Symposium provide an all-around experience to highlight the power and influence of HBCU sports across the country. 

where

Morehouse College / forbes arena

Forbes Arena, Atlanta, GA 30314

when

Thursday - Saturday | NOVEMBER 17-19

The high-level and competitive HBCU games will take place on Friday and Saturday. There will be numerous events throughout the weekend, tipping off on Thursday with a Welcome Reception, Social Justice and Civil Rights Symposium for all attendees. 

why

NOVEMBER 18 & 19

To celebrate Black History, Black Excellence & Black culture with 10 outstanding HBCUs from across the country and to bring much needed exposure, visibility, & recognition to the Best in Black College Basketball on a national level from our four premier Black College Conferences MEAC, SWAC, CIAA, SIAC. 

how

Exposure. Recognition. Mentorship.

This amazing event provides an opportunity for local elementary, middle & high school students to engage with current HBCU students, teachers, counselors, coaches, alumni, and fans. Additionally, it will help generate black tourism dollars, support black-owned businesses, and stimulate local economies in Atlanta. 

FESTIVITIES & CELEBRATIONS OF HBCU CULTURE ​

weekend events

MEDIA DAY

Thursday, nov. 17

Press Conference and Media Day for coaches and players with live up-to-date interviews and Q&A session with national media outlets.

WELCOME RECEPTION

Thursday, nov. 17

Join us in celebrating Black History, Black Excellence, & Black Cultural Experiences with a hint of southern hospitality. Don't miss out on this opportunity to welcome our amazing teams, student-athletes, fans, alumni, legendary players & coaches of the past, and our loyal supporters.

LEGACY COURT DEDICATION

Thursday, nov. 17

We will work in the community and help restore and revitalize a basketball court and make it a safe space & capture the spirit of the city, highlight the ATL HBCU Challenge and bring pride to the community. 

SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, nov. 17

This “must-attend” symposium will focus on the power of HBCU sports to educate and inspire college coaches & student-athletes and promote engagement in social justice and civil rights issues. We will engage local leaders in the community and national leaders across the country in great dialogue.

community edification

Thursday - saturday

Providing local vendor opportunities to be a part of this historical event with HBCU Gear, Greek paraphernalia, art, food, music, entertainment, books, etc.

STUDENT-ATHLETE
EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR

Thursday - saturday

Seminar exposing middle and high school students & student-athletes, & their parents to HBCUs rich history, education, and experiences on & off campus in an intimate environment with an open dialogue panel discussion.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS FAIR

Thursday - saturday

We believe in the HBCU college experience and invite youth groups, students, and families interested in learning more about college life to attend this FREE event. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about HBCUs across the country and ask important questions to get them ready for the transition from high school to college. 

Black College Experience

Thursday - saturday

The ATL HBCU Challenge Experience will feature a battle of the bands & drum-Line competition, step show & Divine 9 stroll-off, dance & cheer competition, HBCU pep rally and Black Expo supporting local black owned businesses.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Thursday - saturday

Our Financial Literacy will be a key component of the HBCU Experience that aims to provide great exposure, insight and financial expertise to local high school and HBCU students, & student-athletes in attendance.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
& ENGAGEMENT

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Our players and coaches will visit local elementary, middle, and high schools; YMCA; Boys & Girls Club; Big Brothers & Sisters; and other non-profit organizations in the local area to share their HBCU experiences, read to the children, & participate in fun activities.

PARTICIPATING

TEAMS

Meac

SWAC

CIAA

SIAC

Atl Public Schools

Celebrate History Culture Excellence With us