Report: One ACC coach proposes matchups with HBCU’s on MLK Day

Courtesy of a tweet from Jeff Goodman: one anonymous ACC men’s basketball coach plans to propose a new idea to the league’s other coaches. The proposal involves each ACC team playing against an HBCU program on Martin Luther King Day this season: Jan. 18, 2021.

As of right now, details are limited on locations and finances surrounding the proposed arraignment; however, this is neat idea, one that could raise awareness for important social causes, while also bringing interesting regional and historical factors to the basketball floor.

For years now, Martin Luther King Day has served as an important date on the NBA calendar.

Two weeks ago, Georgia Tech announced that nine of the school’s in-season athletic teams, including men’s basketball, have committed to no planned athletic events on Election Day 2020, which is set for Nov. 3.

In the weeks following the tragedy with George Floyd in Minneapolis, several ACC athletes and coaches have contributed to the national dialogue on racial inequity in America. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, a pioneer in the sport, spoke out; Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. helped organize a protest in his hometown. Over this past week, members of the Clemson football program led the “March For Change,” a peaceful demonstration. These are just a few examples, but it’s important to see just how much power college athletes hold.


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