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MLK basketball classic returning to Owens College
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 08 January 2009 14:58

Owens Community College, the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association (NOBMA) and Toledo Public Schools will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the college will serve as host to the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic on Monday, Jan. 19.

Four boys’ high school basketball teams from Ohio and Michigan will compete in the doubleheader with all proceeds benefiting NOBMA scholarship initiatives. The event was founded in 1996 by the NOBMA.

“Owens Community College appreciates the opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with Toledo Public Schools and the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association and once again support this very worthwhile fundraiser for scholarships in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Christa Adams, Ph.D., Owens president.

Beginning at 1 p.m., basketball action will commence with Scott taking on Akron Buchtel. In the second varsity game at 3 p.m., Ohio Division II defending state runner-up Libbey will face Detroit Pershing, the Michigan Class A defending state runner-up.

The NOBMA, the Toledo-based affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, was founded in 1990 with the goals of strengthening ties among black communicators, becoming an exemplary group of professionals that honor excellence and outstanding achievement by Black communicators, assisting in expanding job opportunities for black communicators, and identifying potential black communicators in local high schools and colleges.

For nearly two decades, the NOBMA has played a very active role in many community outreach programs, which includes preparing students for careers in journalism through its Minority High School Journalism Workshop and helping the community learn more about the media through its community access seminars. The organization also provides thousands of dollars in scholarships annually and organizes debates and town hall meetings on an array of current event topics.

Tickets for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets in advance are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Individuals can purchase tickets at “The Sojourner’s Truth” in Toledo and at Libbey and Scott high schools starting Monday, Jan. 12. Call 419-841-1652.


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