Turner Sports and Invesco QQQ are partnering with actor and producer Michael B. Jordan, WME Sports, the sports division of WME, an Endeavor Company, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) and Scout Sports and Entertainment, a division of Horizon Media, to exclusively present the newly named Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18. The event was previously announced as the Hoop Dreams Classic. The Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ will be a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) men’s college basketball showcase. It will feature Hampton University versus North Carolina Central University and Howard University versus North Carolina A&T University competing in a doubleheader airing on TNT.
The Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic will also feature an immersive cultural experience highlighting additional elements of HBCU life and culture, including a band showcase, a live musical performance, college and career opportunities and more. Additional ancillary programming will be announced in the coming weeks ahead of the event.
Tickets for the basketball portion of the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic start at just $25 plus applicable service fees, and go on-sale to the general public on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. ET via Prucenter.com/Legacy-Classic, Ticketmaster.com, and Prudential Center’s Box Office. Pre-Sale opportunities available for Prudential Center event email newsletter subscribers run from Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 9:59 a.m. ET. For Group opportunities and experiences for 10+ people, contact 973-757-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Premium seating opportunities, visit prucenter.com/premium. For health and safety guidelines, visit Prucenter.com/safety.
Part of proceeds from the event will go to support organizations focused on advancing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as the local Newark community.
“We are excited for this partnership with Michael B. Jordan and all of the event organizers as we present the inaugural Legacy Classic,” said Tina Shah, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Turner Sports. “We’re looking forward to having this unique opportunity to showcase these four college basketball programs, while highlighting HBCUs both leading up to and during the event.”
“I am thrilled to finally announce the four HBCUs that will be competing in the inaugural Legacy Classic,” said Michael B. Jordan. “Invesco QQQ and Turner Sports have been amazing partners in helping bring this experience to life. I grew up watching basketball games on TNT, so I am confident they will deliver this set of games to a true audience of basketball fans and their families in an exciting way.”
As the founding sponsor of the event, Invesco QQQ will launch its multi-year partnership by bringing its new financial education programming to participating players and their schools. Invesco recognizes the synergy between its innovative QQQ ETF and Michael B. Jordan’s innovative vision for celebrating the HBCU community and culture through this event.
“We are proud to be the Founding Sponsor of the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic as a way to celebrate HBCU life and culture,” said Emily Pachuta, Chief Marketing and Analytics Officer, Americas for Invesco. “We look forward to partnering with Michael B. Jordan, Turner Sports, and all of the event organizers to bring greater possibilities to young men and women that strive to combine excellence in the classroom with excellence in sports.”
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