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HBCU Basketball part of ESPN's Black History Month programming

January 27, 2006

ESPN will honor the trials, triumphs and legacy of the African-American athlete throughout the month of February, Black History Month. Daily “This is How We Lift Our World” 30-second vignettes will highlight philanthropic contributions made by top athletes, including Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, NFL MVP Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks and tennis’ Venus and Serena Williams. Roscoe Orman, famous for his role as Gordon on PBS's Sesame Street, will narrate the vignettes which will be seen on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN’s month-long Black History Month programming will also include college basketball action from HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities) conferences, a live vintage Negro League Baseball game and more.

“We will showcase the many ways these athletes have contributed to our society,” said Doug White, ESPN director of programming & acquisitions. “Often, community-based efforts by athletes are overlooked. The vignettes will serve as a vehicle to profile those stories.”

On Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic will feature a live telecast of a vintage Negro League Baseball game between the Birmingham (Ala.) Black Barons and the Bristol (Conn.) Barnstormers. Team rosters will consist of amateur players, including former collegiate and minor leaguers (rosters to be announced at a later date). Special guest Willie Mays, one of the few surviving members of the Black Barons, and other Negro League legends will provide first-hand knowledge of an important era in baseball history. Tickets for the game will be available starting Monday, Jan. 30 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons) or on game day at Rickwood Field (site of the game and home of the original Birmingham Black Barons).

Additional Black History Month Programming:
HBCU college basketball schedule: (men's games unless noted otherwise)
Feb. 2
7 p.m.
Clark Atlanta vs. Morehouse
Feb. 3
9 p.m.
Delaware State vs. South Carolina State
Feb. 9
9 p.m.
Johnson C. Smith University vs. Elizabeth City
Feb. 12
12 p.m.
Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M
Feb. 13
7 p.m.
Coppin State vs. Hampton (women)
9:30 p.m.
Coppin State vs. Hampton
Feb. 19
4 p.m.
Winston Salem State vs. Fayetteville State
Feb. 24
9 p.m.
Hampton vs. South Carolina State
Feb. 25
11:30 a.m.
Mississippi Valley State vs. Jackson State
Feb. 27
7 p.m.
Alabama A&M vs. Texas Southern

Classic Ringside: Sugar Ray Robinson- Saturday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.
Encore presentations of the award-winning SportsCentury series, including Joe Louis, Arthur Ashe, the Disciples of Jackie Robinson and more.

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