2024 Cactus Jack HBCU Classic

The 2nd Annual Cactus Jack HBCU Classic is set for Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Minute Maid Park. The Classic, is an annual, round-robin collegiate baseball classic designed by the Astros Foundation and Astros Youth Academy to highlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their baseball programs.

The nine-game tournament will feature Houston-area Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University, and four schools from neighboring Louisiana and Mississippi – Southern University, Grambling State, Jackson State, and Alcorn State University.

• Round-robin format with three (3) games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• State to State game matchups (JSU vs Alcorn St.; GSU vs. SUBR; TSU vs. PVAMU)
• College fair hosted by the Astros Youth Academy highlighting over 100 colleges and universities.

Be sure to arrive to each game early as 800 exclusive Travis Scott Cactus Jack bobbleheads presented by the Cactus Jack Foundation will be distributed upon entry to fans one (1) hour prior to each of the 3 games on each day.

While the Minute Maid Park roof protects from rain and excessive heat, the ballpark gets cold in the winter months. When planning your day, be sure to dress as if you are watching these games outdoors.

Tournament Schedule, Events, Sponsorship & Tickets

Day 1

Friday, February 16, 2024

Game 1 - 11:00 AM
Alcorn State vs. Southern

Game 2 - 3:00 PM
Jackson State vs. Texas Southern

Game 3 - 7:00 PM
Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State

Day 2

Saturday, February 17, 2024 (States Play)

Game 1 - 11:00 AM
Jackson State vs. Alcorn State

Game 2 - 3:00 PM
Grambling State vs. Southern

Game 3 - 7:00 PM
Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M

Day 3

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Game 1 - 11:00 AM
Grambling State vs. Jackson State

Game 2 - 3:00 PM
Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M

Game 3 - 7:00 PM
Southern vs. Texas Southern

*Schedule subject to change. At the discretion of the stadium staff, official start times for games two and three on each day will be determined by the cleaning protocols. We will have definitive set times before the Classic. Home teams are listed second

Cactus Jack Foundation

The Cactus Jack Foundation mission is to empower and enrich the lives of youth by providing access to education and creative resources to ensure long term success. The foundation believes the youth should not be prevented from attaining their lifetime goal and is committed to extending educational opportunities to all, regardless of their circumstances to achieve their dreams.

The Astros Foundation

The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation’s military, childhood cancer awareness, domestic violence awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy, and the Astros Nike RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.