Standing on the Richmond Coliseum court, Governor Bob McDonnell along with coaches, athletic directors and other officials from eight Virginia universities announced on August 11, 2011 the “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic,” a basketball doubleheader to benefit Virginia’s Food Banks. The “Classic” will take place in December 2012 and 2013 and feature in-state teams representing the ACC, CAA, MEAC and Atlantic 10.
Speaking about the “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic” Governor McDonnell remarked, “Virginia has long been home to some of the nation’s premier collegiate basketball programs. Virginia teams have appeared in Final Fours, won conference championships and are regularly ranked in national Top 25 polls. Unfortunately, given scheduling constraints and conference affiliations, we too rarely get to witness our in-state teams competing against each other. The “Classic” will change that.
- Hampton University vs. James Madison University (3:00 PM)
- Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Commonwealth University (5:30 PM)
In addition to the games, the Classic is a major food and fundraiser for Virginia’s Food Banks. Detailed information regarding the food drive is also below. The Classic will be telecast live nationally on the NBCSN.
Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com, area Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Ford Box Office at the Richmond Coliseum. One ticket is good for admission to both games of the doubleheader. Doors open one hour prior to the start of the first game.
Cause of the Classic
Virginians are encouraged to make donations, here: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/governorsClassic/.
At the end of the food drive, Virginia’s food banks will tally up the food and funds received, and the winners for each matchup will be announced on December 21st. Fans can donate on campus or online to support their institutions bid to raise the most food in support of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.
The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit state association of food banks affiliated with Feeding America. Composed of the seven regional Virginia/Washington DC food banks, the Federation supports the food banks in providing food, funding, education, advocacy and awareness services and programs throughout the Commonwealth. The Federation is the largest hunger-relief network in the state, serving over 1,012,500 Virginians last year. Last year, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks distributed over 108 million pounds of food and grocery product.