Alpha Rho Undergrads Rep For Morehouse College At 2021 NBA All-Star Game In Atlanta
The Alpha Rho Chapter's current undergrad Brother's step team was featured during the 2nd quarter break at this year's National Basketball League's All-Star game at Atlanta's State Farm Arena. The event's overall theme celebrated the nation's Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) throughout the evening and the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that they will commit more than $3 million in funds and resources toward Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and provide additional support and awareness around equity and access to COVID-19 care, relief and vaccines. Specifically, donations will be made to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and Direct Relief (Fund for Health Equity).
Alpha Rho's 8-member step team was comprised of Brothers from the Chapter's most recent pledge lines -- the Anomalous 11, Spring 2020 (Brothers Theodore Colbert IV, Olamide Fagbamiye, Darren Giles, Barrington Lincoln and Geordan Colden) and the Novellus 18, Spring 2019 (Brothers Tariq McAllister, Kristopher Britton and Gabriel Brown).
The NBA highlighted and paid tribute to the vital role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at this year's NBA All-Star game with HBCU-inspired elements incorporated on broadcast and in-arena on Sunday, March 7 from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. In addition to music, content and storytelling, the league featured HBCU students and alumni through the Michelob Ultra Courtside virtual fan experience, student artwork, in-arena activations, merchandise and partnerships.
As part of this year’s game format, the two teams played for either TMCF (comprised of 47 publicly-supported HBCUs) or UNCF (consisting of 37 member colleges) as their respective All-Star beneficiary, which will provide scholarship funding to further HBCU students’ higher education.
The game court for NBA All-Star 2021 represented both the academic significance as well as the incredible pride and school spirit of HBCUs and their students. The court design – created in collaboration with HBCU alumni from various schools – was vibrant and energetic, incorporating icons representing the best of HBCU academics, music and campus life while connecting back to the celebration of the game at center court.