There are very few times during the year, that New Yorkers get a
taste of life at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in this area. Besides the New YorkUrban League’s Whitney M Young Classic Football Game, you may have some localcollege fairs or one of the area’s alumni associations may host an event that is about it.
But thanks to the annual Big Apple Classic, a basketball double header which features four Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) basketball teams, The Tri-State area is treated to a winter version of life on the Yard. Virginia Union University knocked off Virginia State 66-46 in the opener and Hampton University edged out Howard University 67-55 in the night cap. The games were competitive and exciting, but I assure you that the crowd that came out to Madison Square Garden this Saturday enjoyed the pageantry associated with the games just as much.
In addition to the two games, the alumni, supporters and spectators were treated to excellent step band competition hosted by local hip hop legend Doug E Fresh. And there were just as many eyes on the cheerleaders from the respective schools as there were on the basketball players.
This year the organizers also added another nice touch to the Classic by having a college fair. Representatives from each school gave out scholarship and recruitment information about their institutions for perspective students and their parents.
Hopefully, this event will reach the prominence of the Whitney M Young Football Classic where the school’s alumni and HCBU supporters will be marking their calendars in anticipation for it to take place. If have not attended a Big Apple Classic, make sure that you do not miss next years.