The Freedom Classic Festival was originally formed in 1996 to acknowledge and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and legacy of the Civil Rights movement. Teaming with two Historically Black Universities, Virginia State University and Virginia Union University, the Freedom Classic Festival has grown into more than just a basketball game. Over 10,000 guests enjoy the creativity and diversity of festival events each year. Since its inception in 1996, the Freedom Classic Festival has been able to expose over 50,000 youth to life-changing experiences through mentorship opportunities, community service, donations, and volunteer opportunities. Each year, the festival partners with various corporate sponsors including the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Dominion, Verizon, Virginia Lottery, Radio One and others to make the festival a truly memorable experience.
Changing the Game
This year, the Freedom Classic Festival will take place January 15 – 18, 2015.
January is not only a celebratory month for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it also marks a new year and a new beginning. Trailing Dr. King’s legacy of leadership, inspiration, and determination, the 2015 Freedom Classic Festival 2015 theme will be: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Just as Dr. King and his relentless inspiration and determination “changed the game” for others in the 1960s, in honoring his movement of “change,” this year’s Freedom Classic Festival will offer a series of exciting, valuable activities for attendees to ”change the game,” as it relates to their own lives.
From an interactive college fair featuring top Virginia colleges and universities, to empowering our youth to pursue the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines through STEM-ED Connects, health screenings, and more, this year’s Freedom Classic Festival will be the ultimate “Game Changer.” We invite you to “change the game” with us!