Gateway Invitational Brings HBCU Basketball to Atlanta Area This Weekend

November 11 11:40 2021
Gateway Invitational Brings HBCU Basketball to Atlanta Area This Weekend
The inaugural showcase will bring HBCU hoops to Atlanta for the first time in 15 years

ATLANTA, GA – November 11, 2021 – The VII Group and Beyond The Bench recently announced the 2021 Gateway Invitational – an HBCU mens basketball event that will tip off on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Gateway Arena in College Park, GA. As part of two showcase games presented by The VII Group, Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University will go head-to-head at 5:30pm ET, followed by Miles College vs. Oakwood University at 7:30pm ET. The event was created to provide HBCU basketball programs with a mix of exposure, support, and organic solutions for some of the realities faced by HBCUs on and off the court – realities that caught the attention of Mario Mays founder of Beyond The Bench and Christopher Williams, a former HBCU basketball player and President of The VII Group. 

The desire to help led to a joint initiative between Beyond The Bench and The VII Group – the creator/operator of Holiday Hoopsgiving – one of the country’s best college and high school basketball events. Beyond the Bench focuses on helping students and communities maximize success beyond gameplay while The VII Group creates and operates some of the top basketball stages in the country with the group’s premier event programming. Tickets can be purchased by going to

The two Gateway Invitational games will be streamed live and simulcast on HBCU League Pass and SUVtv as part of a first-of-its-kind  broadcast partnership that will bring the action to the masses while supporting more autonomy and exposure for HBCU programming – specifically programming that offers greater connectivity with grassroots audiences. “We are excited to launch our HBCU basketball schedule in such a dynamic way!” says Todd F. Brown, Chief Executive Office of Urban Edge Network/HBCU league Pass. 

As part of a first-of-its-kind FREE offering, HBCU League Pass will feature live & on-demand HBCU sports content available 24/7. The platform’s collaboration with SUVtv will bring an intriguing lineup of live broadcasts and original content that features HBCU, grassroots, and high school sports coverage from across the country.

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About The VII Group

The VII Group is an independent media and marketing firm specializing in property creation, content production, and complete marketing services that span digital, sponsorship, experiential, and hospitality. The VII Group strives to deliver exceptional experiences for all participating teams and phenomenal fan memories for spectators through specialized strategy and event identity plans.

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About Beyond The Bench

Beyond The Bench was created to address the needs of student-athletes and sports communities in the areas of exposure, career education/development, mental health maintenance, and enhancing lives through programming and advocacy.

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About HBCU League Pass

An ad-supported Black College Sports Network, delivering 24/7 access to live and on-demand Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ games, Pay-Per- View sporting events, original sports shows, curated films, podcasts, and more. Enjoy non-televised, black college games anytime and anywhere. HBCU LEAGUE PASS is the must-have streaming service for black college sports fans:   download on ALL Apple iOS and Google Playstore Android supported devices.

About SUVtv

As the content arm of The Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), SUVtv is an Atlanta-based broadcast and original content platform providing thousands of live streams and original content for sports audiences. The SUVtv pipeline includes over 15,000 hours of premium sports content that spans from grassroots to professional levels.

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