The Valley of the Sun has been selected for the Third Annual HBCU All-Star Game to be held Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Grand Canyon University (GCU). The HBCU All-Star Game is an elite college basketball showcase featuring the nation’s most dynamic and talented basketball players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The HBCU All-Star Game combines a game filled with athletic excellence with a weekend full of fan-favorite activities for the Phoenix community. Fans can expect to see all of the fabulous elements that the HBCU All- Stars experience is known for including bands, cheerleaders, dance team, Greeks, Divine Nine, college admissions fair, pro day combine, community outreach, initiatives, engagement, scholarships awards, welcome reception, awards ceremony, social justice and civil rights panel discussion, and so much more.

“Grand Canyon University is tremendously excited to be the home of the 2024 HBCU All-Star Game,” said Jamie Boggs, vice president of athletics, Grand Canyon University. “The HBCU All Star Game is filled with faith, community, and excellence, and our entire team is proud to host this premier event.”

“On behalf of our HBCU All-Stars Basketball Movement, I cannot express how grateful, blessed, and thrilled we are to bring this great game to the Valley,” said Travis L. Williams, HBCU All-Stars, LLC founder and CEO.

“The HBCU All-Star Game pro vides this amazing national platform where goals, dreams, and aspirations come true. This is more than a game, it is an experience of a lifetime for the entire family to enjoy and the entire community to participate in. GCU will be the best place to be on Sunday, April 7, 2024, watching a game of this magnitude that is like no other during college basketball’s biggest weekend celebrating Black Excellence at the highest level. We cannot wait to introduce these outstanding 24 HBCU players who will represent the Best in Black College Basketball on the court that afternoon.”

Williams is a former head coach for two prestigious HBCUs, Tennessee State University and Fort Valley State University.

The HBCU All-Star Game was created to honor the rich legacy of HBCUs and celebrate the remarkable contributions of HBCU student-athletes and brilliant coaches in college basketball. The game elevates the importance of HBCUs and the talents of their students.

Participating athletes will represent all four historically Black athletic conferences, the MEAC, SWAC, SIAC, and CIAA, in addition to student-athletes from Tennessee State University, Hampton University, and North Carolina A&T State University. This year’s game will air live on CBS Television Network and will stream on Paramount+.

In addition to the game, events will be held throughout the community that celebrates Black culture, exhibits Black excellence, and commemorates Black history. Fans can look forward to a myriad of activities leading up to Game Day. Tickets for the 2024 game go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, and will be available at Discounted tickets will be available for community and youth organizations.

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