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The Bertie Alumni Community Association (BACA) is slated to resume its annual MLK Basketball Classic on January 15, 2022, tipping off at the old Bertie High School Gym at 10 am. This tournament comes back to the community after an unfortunate cancellation last year due to coronavirus concerns.

Before the pandemic hit the world, BACA hosted the MLK Basketball Classic annually for about eight years. The proceeds they raise benefits local students directly. In fact, BACA always uses these funds to award scholarship monies to deserving local students, helping them realize their dreams of attending higher educational programs.

Teams come to Bertie County from surrounding areas like Virginia, Rocky Mount, Hertford County. Of course, local teams also participate.

Besides receiving funds from hosting the basketball games, BACA raises money at the MLK Basketball Classic by selling concessions: chicken, fish, ribs, hot dogs, French fries, soft drinks, water, and lemonade.

Basketball tournament flyer, courtesy of BACA.

BACA hosts this event around MLK day each year, honoring Dr. King’s belief that education is fundamental for achieving every person’s full potential.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How to Participate in the MLK Basketball Classic

Here are the details on how you can take part in the tournament:

  • Purchase tickets as a spectator: If you want to join the fun as a spectator, general admission is $7. You may purchase tickets at the door.
  • Bring your team: Teams may contact Mr. Charles (CJ) Johnson at 252.301.8457 to register. The registration fee is $160, with a deadline of January 7, 2022.
  • Donate or volunteer: If you want to contribute to helping local students receive a higher education, you may donate your time or treasure. Contact Mrs. Jackie Lyons White at 919.452.1981 or by emailing her: planevents4u@yahoo.com

The MLK Basketball Classic tips off at 10 am and games continue throughout the afternoon. Winning teams will receive trophies.

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