Inaugural HBCU Baseball Blues City Diamond Classic and Bluff City Diamond Classic



LeMoyne Owens Sports Information




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Who: 4 HBCU baseball teams (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff-Pine Bluff, AR; Lane College-Jackson, TN; Lemoyne-Owen College-Memphis, TN and Mississippi Valley State University-Itta Bena, MS) from across the country two private school and two public schools will participate in a single game match-up as well as educational and entertainment events/activities in one day estimated to welcome 20,000+ students and fans to Memphis, TN.

What: Inaugural Blues City Diamond Classic and Bluff City Diamond Classic – NCAA College Baseball events are soon to become two of the premier HBCU sporting events in the country. This initiative is designed to promote higher education to urban youth through exposure to college and career readiness programming. Proceeds from this event will benefit the participating universities, both the United Negro College Fund and Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and local Memphis charitable organizations.

When: April 2, 2018 Game 1 (Single game – Blues City Diamond Classic) – TBD Mississippi Valley State vs Lane Game 2 (Single game – Bluff City Diamond Classic) – TBD Arkansas at Pine-Bluff vs Lemoyne-Owen

Where: AutoZone Park 200 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103

Events: Opening-pitch Reception (TBD) The HBCU Experience (TBD) Blues City Diamond Classic (AutoZone Park)

School District College and Career Readiness Programming 


HBCU Ted Talk for Parents & Students – a video created from a presentation involving technology, entertainment and design that is limited to a maximum 18 minutes from HBCU perspectives. We seek to present the perspectives of a HBCU student, parent, President, alumnus and celebrity alumnus. 

Scholarship Lottery – Students who meet the minimum requirements will be eligible to be awarded scholarships from participating HBCUs and corporate partners. The goal for this event is to award a minimum of $10,000,000 in financial aid and educate the community on the abundance opportunities and resources available to students. 

College & Career Discovery Fair – an event designed to expose students at every grade level to postsecondary options and explore various careers, especially STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. This event aims to gather HBCUs, career representatives, resources and service providers in one event. 

Student-athletic Coaches 

Clinic – this event is a one-day seminar where athletic professionals and leaders present current and crucial coaching skills and competencies. Individuals gain an in-depth understanding of the coaching process from the HBCU athletics and professional baseball community. 

Baseball & Softball Scouting Combine – is a showcase where high school softball and baseball student athletes perform physical tests in front of HBCU coaches. The purpose of this event is to establish more scholarship opportunities for deserving student athletes. 

Eligibility Workshop – this program is designed to chart a clear path to the student-athlete experience. Workshops will cover step to achieving eligibility, initial eligibility requirements, sports participation, resources and NCAA enforcement. 

Student Athlete Symposium – is an orientation for all softball and baseball student-athletes based on four principles district athletic history, health and wellness, experience and leadership. This event will include presentations, videos and workshops on decision making, substance abuse, domestic violence prevention, amateurism and academic integrity.

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