NBA superstar Chris Paul has announced a new partnership to launch a college basketball tournament to showcase HBCUs, according to The Undefeated

Paul and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have partnered in the development of the Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off on Nov. 22-23 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Over two days, the tournament will feature Morehouse College, Virginia Union, West Virginia State, Winston-Salem State and is expected to be televised nationally.

The Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off is one event in the Hall of Fame’s series of collegiate events which seeks to honor the rich legacy of HBCU basketball outside the museum walls.

Paul expressed his excitement about the partnership.

“I appreciate the collaboration of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Mohegan Sun in hosting this inaugural event,” Paul said in a statement. “With several family members and friends who have attended HBCUs, I know firsthand how important they are to our community and country’s future. I’m excited to offer an elevated experience to the players and fans this November.”

John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, echoed Paul’s sentiments about the collaboration.

“Chris Paul has shown unwavering support for HBCUs and brought an awareness to creating opportunities for the student-athletes at these institutions,” Doleva said.“The Hall of Fame is proud to share in Chris’ vision and bring this event to life at beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena.”

Not only is Chris Paul a strong supporter of HBCUs, but he’s also a student. Currently, Paul is enrolled at Winston-Salem State University studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in communications, which is the alma mater of both his parents. At every game and press conference, Paul is known to wear gear from a variety of HBCU institutions.

The Hall of Fame has a thriving relationship with HBCUs and established the Early African American Pioneers Committee in its enshrinement election process to honor those who were “the greatest players of their time and created opportunities for future generations.” Hall of Fame inductees who attended HBCUs include Nat Clifton (Xavier University of Louisiana), Sam Jones (North Carolina Central), Coach John McLendon (Hampton, Tennessee State, North Carolina Central), Earl Monroe (Winston-Salem State), Earl Lloyd (West Virginia State) Willis Reed (Grambling University), and most recently, Ben Wallace (Virginia Union University) who was in the class of 2021.