Today (31 Oct), the Armory Foundation announced that KPMG, the U.S. accounting and professional services firm, will be the title sponsor of the 2023 HBCU Showcase track & field meet at New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.
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The Armory Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) track and field meet for men and women will take place on Saturday, January 14th,10 a.m.- 4 p.m. EST at its center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The HBCU Showcase sponsored by KPMG, is expected to feature more than 30 premier HBCU track and field programs from across the country, along with performances by HBCU marching bands, step teams and choirs. There will also be an HBCU college admission fair for New York City students who are preparing for college.
National track & field powerhouse Florida A&M and North Carolina A&T are among the 20 schools already confirmed to compete in the HBCU Showcase. Below is the full list of confirmed HBCU teams,
- Alcorn State University
- Bethune-Cookman University
- Central State University
- Coppin State University
- Delaware State University
- Edward Waters College
- Florida A&M University
- Howard University
- Huston-Tillotson University
- Johnson C. Smith University
- Lincoln University
- Livingstone College
- Morgan State University
- North Carolina A&T State University
- Prairie View A&M University
- South Carolina State University
- Texas Southern University
- University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
- University of the District of Columbia
- Voorhees University
“Partnering with and supporting historically Black colleges and universities is a priority at KPMG, and we are thrilled to support The Armory Foundation’s HBCU Showcase. We strive to support students early in their collegiate journeys, as part of our effort to expand the pipeline of diverse talent in the accounting and professional services profession,” said Elena Richards, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at KPMG U.S.
KPMG’s support will help underwrite travel expenses of each participating school to ensure their ability to participate in the showcase. More than 200,000 students currently attend HBCUs throughout the country. With tens of thousands of high school students practicing and competing at The Armory every year, this setting is a unique opportunity for HBCU college admissions representatives to interact with students who are exploring pathways to college and provide insights into the richness of an HBCU education and experience.
Last season in the men’s division, Howard University and Morgan State tied for top team honors on the “Fastest Track in the World” at The Armory while Howard University captured the women’s overall team title.
“KPMG’s investment in HBCU student athletes is invaluable in setting a pathway to provide meaningful opportunities and build professional careers post-graduation,” said Zakia Haywood, HBCU Showcase Meet Director and The Armory’s Director of College Track & Field and Special Projects. “The Armory is deeply appreciative of KPMG’s partnership and generous support of this special event and our year-round community programs.”
Click HERE for the latest information on how to purchase tickets for the HBCU Showcase. The meet will broadcast live via RunnerSpace, an events platform with a robust social media network and 26 million unique visitors each year.
The Armory hosts more than 100 track & field meets throughout the indoor season including the world’s most recognized indoor meet, the 115th Millrose Games (taking place February 11, 2023).