Memphis Grizzlies Honor Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Weekend of Service, Alumni Recognition and Divine Nine Celebration

Memphis, TN. – For the fourth year in a row, the Memphis Grizzlies will honor past Black Colleges and Universities and celebrate the rich diversity of HBCUs and their contributions to ensuring students receive a strong and wholesome education. This year’s celebration includes a weekend of activities that include a service project, honoring HBCU alumni and will culminate with HBCU partyPresented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, on Monday 28 February, at 7 p.m. against the San Antonio Spurs. Grizz Nation can purchase HBCU tickets by calling (901) 888-HOOP or online at grizzlies.com/HBCU.

Starting with tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies will recognize honorees for this year HBCU Empowerment Award, Presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, at home games in February. HBCU Empowerment Award honorees who have graduated from an HBCU and empower the Memphis community in the areas of education, health and wellness, service, and youth development. Over the past four years, the Grizzlies have honored 21 graduates from 13 different historically black colleges and universities, each receiving a donation in their name at their school. This year, winners will receive a $5,000 donation to the school on behalf of Pinnacle Financial Partners and the Grizzlies. The 2022 HBCU Empowerment Awards Honorees include:

  • Anthony Norris, Executive Chairman and Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South; Graduated from North Carolina Central University
  • amber hamilton, Executive Director, Memphis Music Initiative; Howard University graduate
  • Dr. Orpheus Triplett, Assistant Dean, Community Oral Health and Outreach at UT Health Science College of Dentistry; Graduated from Alcorn State University

While HBCU Service DayPresented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, Grizzlies Connect volunteers, in conjunction with LeMoyne-Owen College, Lane College and rust college, will collect 1500 study break packs for students in advance of their mid-term exam period. Each participating institution will receive 500 study break packs to distribute, which will include inspirational notes, pens and highlighters as well as snacks and beverages courtesy of Pepsi.

When the Grizzlies travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Saturday Feb. 26 HBCU graduates and members of all Nine Divine organizations are invited to participate The HBCU Hangout, Presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners at the WynnBET Sports Bar inside FedExForum. Partygoers will enjoy a DJ, raffle prizes and HBCU Night ticket holders can pick up their commemorative t-shirts in advance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all guests must enter through the WynnBET Sports Bar entrance located on the corner of Beale Alley and Fourth Street. Free parking will be available at the Gossett Motors Garage.

The Grizzlies in collaboration with TONE Art Gallery will host the HBCU Brunch Experience, an invitation-only event that will bring together leaders of HBCU institutions, and local business leaders and supporters. Programming will highlight the impact and contributions of HBCUs within the arts community, as well as highlight the resources, time, and talents still needed to shift the collective awareness of historically Black colleges and universities forward. The panel, hosted by Grind Media City of Michael Wallace and Meghan TripletBoth HBCU graduates, will feature panelists from TONE Art Gallery and Pinnacle Financial Partners.

HBCU party, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, wraps up the Grizzlies Black History Month celebration, as well as HBCU weekend. During their home game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, February 28, the Grizzlies put a spotlight on the longstanding tradition and pageantry of HBCU Marching Bands with a halftime performance Tennessee State University Aristocrat of the Bands. Additional HBCU programming throughout the game includes a National Anthem performance by the LeMoyne-Owen College Concert Choir and in-game activities with fans. After the game, fans are asked to stay in their seats for the Divine Nine postgame showcase. The Divine Nine – Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, and Iota Phi Theta – are the nine historically black Greek letter organizations that make the National Panhellenic Council.

In addition to this month’s activities, Grizz Nation can get the year’s HBCU content by tuning into the HBCU Huddle podcast with Grind Media City’s Michael Wallace and Hurt C.J. as they catch listeners on the latest news from CSAO, MEAC, SIAC, CIAA and other Historically Black colleges and universities nationwide. Fans can listen to the HBCU Huddle on grindcitymedia.com, as well as on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. For more information on Black History and HBCU Nighttime Visit grizzlies.com/BHM, grizzlies.com/HBCU or follow Grizzlies Community on Twitter and instagram (@Grizzcommunity).

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase individual tickets can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or online at grizzlies.com/HBCU. Season Tickets are the best way to guarantee seats to the best matchups at the lowest prices throughout the season. For more information on the Grizzlies, “like” Memphis Grizzlies Facebook or follow on Twitter and instagram (@Memgrizz).