Coaches Vs. Racism Kicks Off HBCU Roundball Classic When University of Michigan Battles Prairie View A&M University on Saturday, November 13th in Washington, DC

Weekend of Events Includes Emotional Fitness Panel with Speakers Olympian John Carlos, Former NBA player Etan Thomas, Emotional Fitness Expert and Mental Health Therapist Winston Bell, A Long Talk Founders Kyle Williams and Kamal Carter, and Coach Eugene Thomas


(WASHINGTON, DC – November 11, 2021) – Coaches Vs. Racism (CVR), the national nonprofit leading the charge to end systemic racism in sports, will kick off its inaugural HBCU Roundball Classic on Saturday, November 13, 2021 when University of Michigan battles Prairie View A&M University in Washington DC at the Entertainment Sports Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and tickets are on sale now at As part of the weekend of events, CVR will host an Emotional Fitness panel on Friday, November 12. Student athletes and coaches will also tour the National Museum of African American History & Culture that day.

“Our goal at Coaches Vs. Racism is to bridge the racial divide through sports and we’re excited to see our mission in action this weekend as we host the inaugural HBCU Roundball Classic in Washington DC,” said Coaches Vs. Racism Executive Director Darryl Woods. “Coaches are known to be great teachers, motivators, innovators, role models and messengers, and coaches are ideal partners as CVR works to address key issues related to systemic racism, equality, equity, reform and social justice (SEERS).”

Moderated by social entrepreneur John Bailey, the Emotional Fitness panel will include emotional fitness expert and mental health therapist Winston Bell, Olympian and Hall of Fame track and field athlete John Carlos, former NBA pro Etan Thomas, Coach Eugene Thomas, and Kyle Williams and Kamal Carter, founders of “A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth”, an anti-racism activation experience centered on discussions about race and equity.  The conversation will focus on creating a positive sports environment for all players, mental health, and how to build better equality and understanding. 

“It is vitally important to raise awareness and increase the conversation around racism in sports and in society,” said Carlos. “I’m grateful to be a part of this crucial discussion alongside fellow athletes, coaches and other influencers as we work together to wipe out racism everywhere.” 

The HBCU Roundball Classic, which brings Big 10 schools, major universities and HBCU teams together for high-profile competitions, marks the launch of CVR’s first major event as the organization works to build action-filled, educational and grassroots programs to inspire cultural and societal change in the world of sports. The games seek to amplify awareness of incredible athletic talent from both schools and will place an emphasis on HBCUs who traditionally lack resources and equipment and are routinely overlooked by professional talent scouts. CVR aims to create a positive sports environment for all players by using education, conversation, and community to build equality and understanding.

A portion of the proceeds from all CVR games will be used to support marginalized students and student-athletes who are unable to complete their education due to lack of tuition funds.  The non-profit will place special focus on the students at HBCUs.

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About Coaches Vs. Racism

Launched in 2020, Coaches Vs. Racism is a 501c3 national non-profit organization developed to address societal issues impacting sports.  The organization unites coaches in the pro ranks as well as collegiate and amateur levels across the country from a variety of sports to confront Social Injustice, Economic Divide, Equality, Reform, and Systemic Racism (SEERS).  CVR is committed to youth empowerment and the emotional wellness of athletes. It is dedicated to providing the necessary tools to assist all individuals in fulfilling their potential. For more information about Coaches Vs. Racism and upcoming events visit Follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram or by using hashtag #CoachesVsRacism.