Howard Returns to World's Most Famous Arena
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Howard will return to the New York metro area on Dec. 5 as the Big Apple Classic delivers a fourth consecutive year of exciting, unparalleled action. One of the most anticipated events of the year, the BAC will feature the Bison vs. Hampton, one of the most electrifying HBCU basketball rivalries, a dynamic college fair and the hottest entertainment all rolled into one weekend to remember.

The main event showcases classic rivalries between CIAA schools Virginia State University and Virginia Union University, and the battle of the real HU on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the world famous Madison Square Garden.  Game times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.  Tickets are $29.50 and $54.50, with discounts for groups of 20 or more.

This highly anticipated weekend will also include a kick-off party on Friday, Dec. 4 at M2 Ultra Lounge featuring DJ Biz Markie, an HBCU college fair and drumline competition on Saturday, Dec. 5, a performance by the renowned VSU Woo Woo cheerleaders during half-time of game one, and a performance by recording artist Ryan Leslie during half-time of game two. 

A portion of game proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society, which is partnering again with the BAC to promote awareness of cancer screening and treatment among African Americans.  With 150,090 African Americans expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and 63,360 expected to lose their battle against the disease, the need for increased awareness is urgent. In fact, African Americans have the highest death rate and the shortest survival rate of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers, mainly the result of social and economic disparities, according to ACS.

Through the BAC and ACS collaboration, ticket holders are more than just spectators of premier college basketball - they are contributors in helping to fight cancer.  For more information and updates, visit www.thebigappleclassic.com.

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