Bon Secours Wellness Arena to Host Inaugural HBCU MLK Day Unity Invitational
Greenville, S.C. – October 3, 2023 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena is pleased to announce that it will host the inaugural HBCU MLK Day Unity Invitational, a four-day celebration of unity, community and collegiate basketball. Set to take place January 12-15, 2024, the event will commemorate the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while showcasing 14 basketball teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Basketball will take place Saturday, January 13 and Monday, January 15 and include teams from Claflin University, Clinton College, Fayetteville State University and Johnson C. Smith University, among others. The weekend will kick off with The Legacy Breakfast at Unity Park on January 12 followed by a Career Expo at the arena to provide students the opportunity to connect with representatives from many of the region’s top businesses. On January 15, the community will be invited to partake in a special MLK Day March to The Well Parade, which will begin at City Hall in downtown Greenville.
“The HBCU MLK Day Unity Invitational weekend will offer a diverse range of activities and events, all designed to inspire future generations and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Calvin Ivery, president of Dreamchasers Basketball Club, the non-profit organization producing the event. "We look forward to this special collaboration with Bon Secours Wellness Arena including the opportunity to highlight talent from leading HBCU basketball teams while bringing the larger community together.”
The invitational will serve as a significant milestone within Bon Secours Wellness Arena’s 25th anniversary celebration. According to General Manager Beth Paul, “We are very pleased to serve as the host site for the inaugural HBCU MLK Day Unity Invitational. The invitational strongly aligns with the arena’s mission as we seek to continue diversifying our programming while serving as a place for members of the community to enjoy live entertainment, sports and special events.”
For more information about the 2024 HBCU MLK Day Unity Invitational, visit www.mlkdayunityinvitational.com. Additional announcements will follow regarding sales for the invitational. To learn more about collegiate basketball events and additional 25th anniversary celebrations at The Well, please visit www.bonsecoursarena.com.
HBCU MLK DAY UNITY INVITATIONAL
January 12 The Legacy Breakfast at Unity Park hosted by WYFF
News-4 personalities Nigel Robertson and Destiny Chance
Unity Career Expo
“Be the Dream” Community Outreach Day
January 13 Four HBCU basketball games
January 14 MLK Day Worship at The Well celebrating a year of Unity
HBCU Celebrity Basketball Game
January 15 “March to The Well Parade” beginning at City Hall
Four HBCU basketball games
*All events listed to occur at Bon Secours Wellness Arena unless otherwise noted.
About Bon Secours Wellness Arena:
Located in Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena is a 15,000-seat sports and entertainment arena that hosts live events including family shows, sporting events, concerts, minor league hockey, seminars and conventions. Club seats, party suites and luxury suites with premium services concierge are available in the arena. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena is managed by the Greenville Arena District and dates back to 1940. The Greenville Arena District oversaw the Greenville Memorial Auditorium which opened in 1958.