About the Andre Dawson Classic

Feb. 18-20, 2022: New Orleans Youth Academy

The Andre Dawson Classic, formerly the Urban Invitational, is the annual, round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed by Major League Baseball to highlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their baseball programs.

Recognized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, HBCUs have offered quality educational and athletic programs for African-American youth for more than a century. HBCUs have a proud baseball tradition, and have produced Hall of Famers such as Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M University).

The Urban Invitational was first launched in 2008 at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California, and was hosted there until 2012 when the tournament relocated to Houston. The Houston Astros hosted the event at Minute Maid Park in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 and 2015 the tournament relocated to New Orleans, and those two years included participation by NCAA Division I programs LSU and University of New Orleans. It has remained in New Orleans ever since.

This year’s tournament will feature seven HBCUs: Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Arkansas), Alabama State University (Montgomery, Alabama), Prairie View A&M (Prairie View, Texas), Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Florida), Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). They will be joined by the University of New Orleans.

Since 2008, the year of the inaugural Invitational, more than 25 HBCU athletes who have played in the tournament have been selected in the MLB Draft.

2022 Schedule

Date Time (local) Matchup Site Scoring
Friday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. Southern 7, Alabama State 6 (10 inn.) NOLA Gameday
Friday, Feb. 18 3 p.m. Florida A&M 13, Prairie View A&M 7 NOLA Gameday
Friday, Feb. 18 7 p.m. UNO 9, Arkansas Pine Bluff 3 UNO Gameday
Friday, Feb. 18 7 p.m. Grambling 10, Jackson State 1 NOLA Gameday
Saturday, Feb. 19 1 p.m. Southern 7, Jackson State 5 NOLA (TV-MLBN) Gameday
Saturday, Feb. 19 1 p.m. Prairie View A&M 15, Arkansas Pine Bluff 7 UNO Gameday
Saturday, Feb. 19 4 p.m. UNO 12, Grambling 2 UNO Gameday
Saturday, Feb. 19 6 p.m. Alabama State 9, Florida A&M 6 NOLA (TV-MLBN) Gameday
Sunday, Feb. 20 11 a.m. Florida A&M 8, Southern 7 UNO Gameday
Sunday, Feb. 20 12 p.m. Jackson State 11, Prairie View A&M 6 NOLA Gameday
Sunday, Feb. 20 2 p.m. UNO 10, Alabama State 0 UNO Gameday
Sunday, Feb. 20 3 p.m. Grambling 11, Arkansas Pine Bluff 7 NOLA Gameday
Home team listed second. Schedule is subject to change.

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