The newly renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will begin a big day of events with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena Saturday, January 5 at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the main entrance of the arena prior to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s and men’s basketball teams hosting Mississippi Valley State in a basketball doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander and UAPB Athletic Director Melvin Hines will be in attendance, along with Golden Lion basketball coaches Nathaniel Kilbert and George Ivory.

Among the renovations to the arena are:

  • Newly installed bleachers to the UAPB black and gold colors with the Golden Lions logo;
  • A new court with an updated UAPB logo emblazed at center court; gold coloring inside the three-point arc; new UAPB logos on each baseline;
  • New basketball goals featuring the UAPB logo on each basket support.

“We are excited about these improvement to H.O. Clemmons Arena,” said Dr Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor. “I believe this ceremony to open the year will serve as a catalyst to what will be an outstanding 2019 for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, both athletically and academically.”

“Golden Lion Athletics is grateful for the support provided by Chancellor Alexander, President Bobbitt, and the Board of Trustees,” said Melvin Hines, Director or Athletics. “These renovations improve the student-athlete experience, as our basketball and volleyball teams have new playing accommodations in which they can be proud of. It also enhances the fan experience with new and improved seating to help make the H.O Clemmons Arena one of the toughest venues for visiting teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.”

Gates open for entry to the arena following the ceremony prior to tipoff of the women’s game at 5 p.m., with the men’s game to follow in the conference opener for both teams.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund organization announces its 2017 HBCU Football tour which is ideal to give the selected institution’s and games more exposure and display of the HBCU experience through HCF’s social media networks. The tour will also be used for media purposes in display to high school students and supporters and how it is at a HBCU during sports season. It is an initiative tool utilize for recruitment in assisting future college seeking students to choosing HBCU.

HCF football tour began in 2015 with little and selected HBCU institutions visited and resumed as a basketball tour. Last year, due to low funding only three football games were attended with hopes to attend all this year. During the visited schools, HCF executive cabinet network with institution administrators and students to plan a campus tour and media sitting at the games so that video footage can be capture of the students, fans, marching band, etc. for exposure of this experience and how the institution presents it sports traditions.

This year’s 2017 HBCU Football Tour features the following institution’s and HBCU football games:

  • September 9, 2017 * Lincoln University of Pennsylvania vs. Lincoln University of Missouri * 6:00 pm kick-off
  • September 16, 2017 * Clark Atlanta University vs. Tuskegee University * 1:00 pm kick-off
  • September 30, 2017 * Grambling State University vs. Clark Atlanta University (Chicago Football Classic) * 3:30 pm Kickoff | CFC College Fair 9 am – 12 pm | FMI, visit |
  • October 7, 2017 * Miles College vs. Central State University (Homecoming) * TBA kick-off
  • October 14, 2017 * Kentucky State University vs. Miles College (Homecoming) * 2:00 pm kick-off
  • October 28, 2017 * Texas Southern University vs. Grambling State University (Homecoming) * TBA kick-off
  • November 4, 2017 * Fort Valley State University vs. Albany State University [Fountain City Classic] * TBA kick-ff
  • November 18, 2017 * Claflin University Homecoming
  • November 25, 2017 * Southern University vs. Grambling State University (Bayou Classic) * TBA kick-off

All dates are subject to be cancelled and may or may not be rescheduled for a replacement date. HBCU institution’s who would like to add their HBCU institution to HCF’s 2017 football or basketball tour schedule, may do so by filling out the form here.

You may make a gift here to HCF’s 2017 HBCU Football and Basketball Tour in our efforts to supporting the significance of those institution’s selected. Designated your donations to “HCF 2017 HBCU Football and Basketball Tour.”

For more information regarding HCF’s 2017 HBCU Football Tour, contact Demetrius Johnson Jr. at


About HBCU Campaign Fund

The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization is a non-profit organized with the mission to supporting the significance of all of the 107 historically black colleges and universities as well as predominately black institutions in the United States. HCF supports their mission, rich history, prestigious tradition, chancellors and presidents, faculty and staff, students, alumni and supporters. HCF serves as advocates for students, alumni and HBCU’s in assisting with making sure that HBCU and PBI institutions continue to serve academic excellence for years to come.

LORMAN, MS – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Men’s Basketball Championship trophy to be named after Kentucky State University grad and Alcorn State University sports figure Coach Davey L. Whitney.

According to a press release from the university, SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted to name the Men’s SWAC Championship Basketball Tournament trophy after legendary Coach Whitney.

Alcorn State’s President Alfred Rankins Jr. commended the Council for recognizing Whitney’s achievements.

“I am pleased that the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors recognized the great accomplishment and contributions of Coach Whitney by naming the tournament championship trophy in his honor,” said Rankins. “Coach Whitney was one of the best Division I coaches of all time.”

Whitney, who passed away in 2015, coached at Alcorn from 1969 to 1989 and 1996 to 2003. Under his leadership, Alcorn beat Mississippi State 80-78 in the 1979 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Whitney led Alcorn to a win against South Alabama in the first round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament, which was the first time a historically black college and university had won in the tournament. Whitney also led Alcorn to NCAA Tournament wins in 1983 and 1984 and six appearances in the dance. Whitney finished his career with a record of 566-356 and 12 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships.

Whitney was named SWAC Coach of the Year nine times. He was elected to the Kentucky State University Hall of Fame in 1976, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, the Alcorn State University Hall of Honors in 1993, the Alcorn State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Whitney graduated from Kentucky State University in 1952. After KSU, he started playing Negro American League  baseball for the Kansas City Monarchs, from 1952 to 1954. Whitney began his coaching career in 1954 as varsity basketball head coach at Burt High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. He led Burt to over 200 victories and the 1961 National Negro High School Basketball Championship. His first collegiate job as head coach was at Texas Southern University in 1964. He moved to Alcorn A&M (which became Alcorn State in 1974) as head coach in 1969.

The Whitney family expressed their appreciation upon receiving the good news. Gail Whitney, Coach Whitney’s daughter, said the family is grateful for the love and support that the SWAC and the University has shown for her late father.

“The Whitney family would like to extend our appreciation to the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Alcorn State University for honoring the legacy of our father, Davey “The Wiz” Whitney, Sr.,” said Whitney. “We look forward to the first presentation of the trophy at the 2017-2018 SWAC Basketball Tournament Championship.”