The University of Michigan is set to play Battle Prairie View A&M University in Washington, D.C., in the inaugural Coaches vs. Racism Roundball Experience.
Coaches Vs. Racism is a nonprofit organization aiming to lead the charge in ending systemic racism in sports.
The annual event is intended to raise attention to how athletes at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are routinely overlooked by professional talent scouts.
The effort also hopes to raise money for marginalized students for college tuition and place emphasis on HBCUs who traditionally lack resources and equipment in their sports program.
University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach Juwan Howard said in a press conference Tuesday that he’s excited to help raise awareness for HBCUs, according to the Michigan Daily.
“I thought that it would be special for us to really go out and do what we can to help the HBCUs,” said Howard, who once played in D.C. for the NBA's then-Bullets.
“We look at some of the resources that we have that the HBCUs do not have, I saw that this would be a nice fundraiser to help in any way with any resources that they’re lacking,” he said.
Howard also said that he wants to take his team to visit the National Museum of African American History during their trip as a way to reflect on African American history in the U.S, the Michigan Daily reported.
“We’re speaking of religious backgrounds, as well as ethnic backgrounds. And what I find with sports is that when you bring all those together, no one even thinks about any of that. They think about how we can all just become together and form that brotherhood,” Howard said. “So when this opportunity was brought to me, to be a part of it, I thought it was a no brainer.”
The NBA last week announced a showcase game between Howard University and Morgan State University will take place during the league’s All-Star Game weekend in 2022.
The league also launched a fellowship program for HBCU students offering an opportunity to gain real-life insights and professional experience from the business and operations of basketball.
The inaugural Coaches Vs. Racism game is set to take place on Nov. 13.