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Due to severe winter weather in Louisiana, this year’s Andre Dawson Classic has been canceled out of an abundance of caution. We look forward to safely hosting the tournament in 2022.


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, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (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, Texas. 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 Division-I NCAA programs LSU and University of New Orleans. It has remained in New Orleans ever since.

This year’s tournament will feature six 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), Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, Alabama) and Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi). 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.