Drive and Michelin Team Up for HBCU Classic

Friday's doubleheader celebrating diversity and inclusion begins at 3:00 PM

By Greenville Drive | April 15, 2018 10:35 PM

Greenville, SC - On Friday, April 20th, the Drive and an outstanding team of Upstate Diversity and Inclusion Champions will be welcoming fans of all ages to the HBCU Classic at Fluor Field, presented by Michelin North America.

Friday marks the 7th annual celebration of HBCUs and the historic legacy of Jackie Robinson at Fluor Field, and this exciting day will include pep bands, postgame fireworks and much more entertainment for fans of all ages.  

"Michelin is thrilled to partner with the Drive and other community organizations for this special event," said Leesa Owens, director of government and community relations for Michelin North America. "As an international organization that values and champions diversity around the world, Michelin enjoys opportunities to celebrate inclusion locally in the communities where we do business."

The on-field action will feature a doubleheader. In game one, the Clark Atlanta University Panthers will take on the Morehouse College Fighting Maroon Tigers at 3:00 PM. The nightcap will showcase a pair of HBCUs from the Palmetto State, as the Benedict College Tigers will be opposed by the Claflin University Panthers at 7:00 PM. The best seats in the ballpark are only $8, and to ensure that every student can be part of this special experience, all students K-12 will be admitted free. 

With pep bands on hand for the HBCU Classic, the action at Fluor Field will have a special feel unlike any other baseball game. Representatives from all four institutions will be on hand to participate in pre-game ceremonies, and the Drive and Red Sox have a Jackie Robinson tribute planned during the evening. Following the second game, fans are invited to stick around for a special edition of postgame fireworks.

The local community has played a crucial role in making the HBCU Classic a success year in and year out, and this year, several community partners have helped purchase "Jackie Robinson Scholarships" for the day, which provide support for Greenville Health System MedEx Academy Scholarships and Greenville Community Centers. 

Among the community partners who have contributed in this manner are Michelin North America, Greenville Health System, Rainbow Coalition, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, TD Bank, Milliken, Minority Economic Development Institute, Urban League of the Upstate, Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, Omega Mu Pi Chapter Mentoring/Tutoring Program, and The 100 Black Men of the Upstate.

"The HBCU Classic is a highlight of the Drive's and Michelin's commitment to diversity and inclusion, which make this a very special day for our organizations," said Drive Owner and Team President Craig Brown. "These schools are making such a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals, and to combine that celebration with the immeasurable impact on baseball made by Jackie Robinson will bring the community together for an unforgettable experience."

Tickets can be purchased for the HBCU Classic by visiting the Main Street Box Office, by calling (864) 240-4528 or by CLICKING HERE.

~Greenville Drive~

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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