BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Children from across the city were invited to practice their basketball skills and learn about the history of the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball League at a sports clinic in Under Armor House on Saturday.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities join the tournamentoften attracts thousands of players, alumni and fans.
Twelve schools participated in the conference, including seven in North Carolina, two in Virginia, and one in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
After 17 years in Charlotte, the tournament will take place at the Royal Farms Arena from February 22 to 26.
“This is a big, big event,” CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said. “I hope every educational institution you see will be your choice in terms of your study, your earning and your return.”
CIAA and NBA Hall-of-Famers Earl “the Pearl” Monroe and Bobby Dandridge were guest speakers.
“I’ve seen a lot of winners here, a lot of young people who want to be successful and that’s what I’m excited about,” Dandridge said.
Mayor Brandon Scott stopped to fire a few rounds and urged those present to continue to challenge themselves and each other.
“Be the best you can be on and off the court,” says Scott. “We want you to grow to be the best individuals you can be so we can be the best city we can be.”
Scott said in January that Baltimore is “a basketball town through and through.”
“This tournament will bring the best of Black America to Baltimore,” said Scott. “HBCUs students and graduates will be traveling to Baltimore in just a few weeks to experience our amazing city and everything we have to offer.”
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