Chris Paul to host HBCU Tip-Off Tournament
Chris Paul has been an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to progressive initiatives for HBCUs and has publicly shown his support for the institutions. He is even currently enrolled at an HBCU, as he is pursuing his communications degree at Winston Salem State University (WSSU). Both of Paul’s parents attended WSSU.
Paul is collaborating with the Basketball Hall Of Fame to put on a basketball tournament showcasing four Division II HBCUs in a two-day event. The universities that are participating are Winston Salem State University, Virginia Union, West Virginia State, and Morehouse College. Some of the participating HBCUs have some sort of basketball history. Earl Lloyd, the first African-American player in the NBA attended West Virginia State. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe attended WSSU and went on to become an NBA legend and be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Virginia Union is the alma mater of defensive powerhouse “Big” Ben Wallace, who is scheduled to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame this year.
Chris Paul said in a statement “I appreciate the collaboration of the Basketball Hall Of Fame and Mohegan Sun in hosting this inaugural event. With several family members and friends who have attended HBCUs, I know firsthand how important they are to our community and country’s future. I’m excited to offer an elevated experience to the players and fans this November.”
The tournament is scheduled to take place in November and is said to be a televised event.