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NBA All-Star 2022 will take place in Cleveland next month, and in addition to the stars, celebrations and events surrounding one of sports most anticipated annual events, The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association will once again highlight the HBCU community during their time in The Land.

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The celebrations will be highlighted by a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) matchup between Howard University and Morgan State University men’s basketball teams. The game will be played at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland on February 19, 2022 and will be broadcast live.

For the city it will be a historic night in college ball: The matchup with be the first-ever NBA HBCU Classic to be Played in Cleveland as Part of the Celebration of the NBA 75th anniversary.

“The NBA family recognizes the storied and prominent role that HBCUs have played in our society for decades.” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Tatum said. “We also recognize that within our commitments to increase Black representation across the league and grow the game, we can create educational, athletic and career opportunities through engagement with these institutions. Through continued collaboration with partners like TMCF and UNCF, our teams and members of the HBCU community, we look forward to expanding support of students and alumni in meaningful ways.”

During NBA All-Star, more than $1 million will be contributed in support to the HBCU community through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and academic institutions. Additionally, HBCUs will be showcased through unique content, storytelling and special performances.

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