As part of a five-day celebration of educational, multicultural and entreatment festivities this April, Columbus will host the College Basketball All-Star Game & Celebrity Extravaganza on Saturday, April 23 at Nationwide Arena.

The College Basketball All-Star Game will feature top seniors from Historically Black Colleges & Universities vs. top players from Ohio’s traditional universities. In totality, the event is projected to create $10 million in economic impact for Central Ohio and $300,000 in financial support for scholarships and institutions of higher learning. The revenue generated by the festivities will fund two year-round career pathways and workforce development programs administered by the Classic for Columbus, the nonprofit organization that held the HBCU Football Classic in August.

“To have an event like this come to Columbus just fills my heart with excitement, gratitude, and joy,” Clark Kellogg, an Ohio native, former Ohio State basketball player and lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports said. “It’s about the impact it can have as it relates to celebrating, uplifting, empowering, encouraging, and inspiring dreams.”

Prior to the All-Star, there will be a full slate of educational, fashion and entertainment festivities for all ages, as well as a showing of HBO’s “Women of Troy,” featuring an interactive conversation with USC two-time NCAA Tournament MVP Cheryl Miller and documentary producers Branson Wright.

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About the Classic for Columbus

Classic For Columbus seeks to promote education, economic development and diversity while raising funds for scholarships and institutions of higher learning. The Ohio-Based non-profit was established in July 2020 by John Peace and his founding committee of over 25 representatives from college alumni chapters, fraternities and sororities, service and civic groups, professional associations, faith-based groups and community leaders.


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