Winning $421 million Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee

— A winning Powerball ticket worth $420.9 million was sold in Lafayette, Tennessee, in the state’s second-largest lottery jackpot ever, the Tennessee Lottery said Sunday.

The winning numbers were 17-19-21-37-44, and the Powerball was 16.

Saturday’s jackpot was the 12th largest in U.S. history. In January, a monster $1.6 billion Powerball prize was split three ways.

Lafayette is a town of about 5,000 people in Macon County, northeast of Nashville. The winner, who has yet to be identified, has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize, officials said.

The agency advised the unknown winner to sign the back of the ticket and keep it secure.

Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The Lafayette ticket was the 200th ticket worth $1 million or more that the Tennessee Lottery has sold.

HBCU Round UP: Thanksgiving Weekend

— Women’s Basketball Recap

Texas Southern 64, Puerto Rico Bayamon 58

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Texas Southern defeated Puerto Rico Bayamon 64-58 in the Puerto Rico Classico on Thanksgiving. The Tigers were led by Artavia Ford, who had a double-double with 26 points along with 12 rebounds. Joyce Kennerson also contributed 11 points along with five boards in the win.

The game was close throughout. Texas Southern (3-1) had a 15-14 lead after the first quarter. The Tigers would extend its lead going into the break, leading 35-28 going into halftime. Puerto Rico Bayamon would get back into the game in the second half, outscoring Texas Southern 17-14 in the third quarter to cut the Tiger’s lead to just four points going into the final frame. The Tigers shot 19-41 from the field for a .463 shooting percentage in the contest. Texas Southern also won the battle on the glass, which proved to be a big factor in the game. The Tigers out rebounded Puerto Rico Bayamon 41-30 overall, and 27-14 on the defensive end in the game.

The Tigers will be in action again tomorrow, Nov. 25 when it continues play in the Puerto Rico Classico by taking on Presbyterian College.

Men’s Basketball Recaps – November 23

Liberty 70, Mississippi Valley State 55

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Mississippi Valley State got a career-high 26 points and five steals from senior Rashaan Surles, but it was not enough to push the Delta Devils past Liberty as they fell 70-55 Wednesday night.

MVSU was done in from deep, as the Delta Devils allowed Liberty to connect on 14-of-26 three-pointers in the game. Liberty’s Ryan Kemrite accounted for half of them, scoring 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.

MVSU trailed 30-22 at the half, but a Kemrite three put Liberty up 11, and the Delta Devils got no closer than nine.

Surles was 10-of-16 shooting. Darrell Riley added 14 points for Mississippi Valley.

Siena 66, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 43

ALBANY, N.Y. – A frigid start to the contest cost Arkansas-Pine Bluff, as they dropped a 66-43 contest to Siena College.

UAPB allowed Siena to score 18 of the game’s first 20 points. The Golden Lions were unable to find the mark early, as they did not make a field goal over the game’s first 12 minutes. Ultimately, UAPB faced a 31-13 deficit at the half and was unable to recover.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 26.4 percent from the field. Trent Steen scored nine points with two rebounds for the Golden Lions (1-4).

Ohio State 78, Jackson State 47

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jackson State was unable to sustain a strong start, fading during a 78-47 loss at Ohio State Wednesday.

After Jackson State built a 15-9 advantage following a 13-2 run, the Buckeyes went on a 14-0 run, and then capped off the final 6:14 of the first half with a 17-3 run that left the Tigers down 40-23.

Paris Collins was a bright spot for the Tigers, getting a double-double with 19 points – 14 in the first half — 11 rebounds, four steals, three assists and a block. The Tigers outrebounded OSU 37-32.

Ohio State shot 55 percent from the field while holding the Tigers to just 30 percent.

Compiled by Phinesse Demps for HBCU ROUND-UP; Contact Phinesse Demps 410-831-5605. Follow on Twitter: @pdemps

North Dakota pipeline protests see peaceful Thanksgiving

— While plenty of Americans gathered Thursday for a Thanksgiving that meant family and football, hundreds of protesters gathered in several sites to rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Some demonstrators said Thanksgiving was not a day to celebrate.

“To many people Thanksgiving is a holiday for being thankful but, for many natives, especially me being a Mohegan. … it’s really a day of pain for a lot of natives. But we’re here to pray,” James Smith told CNN affiliate KXMB during a demonstration in Mandan, North Dakota.

Police said about 170 protesters blocked an intersection in the town for several hours before dispersing.

Two people were arrested, one of whom would be charged with felony reckless endangerment, police said.

“I do think this (protest) is effective. On the street, in an area that brings attention,” said Shawn Greene, who traveled more than 800 miles from Chicago.

There also were protests in Portland, Oregon, and at two locations in Morton County, North Dakota.

Rain in Portland didn’t prevent about 350 people from their planned rally.

“The idea of celebrating Thanksgiving while people are getting shot with water cannons and rubber bullets for trying to protect their water makes us really sad,” Brady Bennon told The Oregonian. “We wanted to make our voices heard in support of the Sioux tribe and in opposition to the pipeline.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota believes the pipeline would affect its supply of drinking water and place downstream communities at risk of contamination from potential oil spills. Their tribal lands are near the project’s path.

The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, which is set to cost $3.7 billion, would start in North Dakota, stretch across parts of South Dakota and Iowa, and end in southern Illinois. If completed, the pipeline would allow crude oil to be transported to oil refineries along the Eastern Seaboard. Construction has stalled as the Army Corps of Engineers engages in talks with Native American leaders.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said protesters in his area were trying to distract law enforcement with multiple demonstrations Thursday.

At one, protesters built a small wooden bridge across a creek to a place where burial sites are located. Police stood in a line across a Turtle Hill during the afternoon until protesters left. There were no arrests.

The other protest was at Backwater Bridge, where one demonstrator was seriously injured Sunday and nearly lost an arm. On Thursday, about 150 to 200 protesters gathered and a tractor-trailer backed into the bridge, police said. The day’s events were peaceful.

Actress and activist Jane Fonda came to support the demonstrators and to share dinner at the Standing Rock High School gymnasium.

CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian and Max Blau contributed to this report.

Dave Chappelle gets Netflix specials

— Welcome back to the masses Dave Chappelle.

Fresh off a successful gig hosting “Saturday Night Live,” the beloved comic is getting three specials on Netflix.

On Monday, the streaming giant announced that Chappelle and director Stan Lathan have teamed up to produce a new stand-up comedy special exclusively for Netflix.

They’ll also partner to release two unseen concert specials from Chappelle’s personal comedy vault. Those shows — filmed at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium — will debut simultaneously in 2017.

Chappelle, who in 2005 famously walked away from a lucrative contract and the third season of his popular Comedy Central sketch series, “Chappelle’s Show,” spent several years making impromptu appearances at comedy venues before returning to stand-up more regularly in 2013.

According to Netflix, Chappelle has performed in more the 500 shows in the past three years — with tickets typically selling out in minutes.

The Chappelle news comes on the heels of Netflix mega deal with Chris Rock to produce two new stand-up streaming specials.

What about the black working class?

— Amid all of the talk about economic populism this election cycle, one group has been largely left out: working class Americans of color.

The focus has been on the white working class, with the narrative of a forgotten America where rural whites once held steady factory jobs with decent wages. The economic anxiety facing black and brown workers, while arguably more profound, has been largely left out of the conversation.

In fact, in a CNN/Kaiser poll taken before the election, 63% of white working class respondents said they were satisfied with their personal financial situation compared to just 40% of black working class respondents. Both groups were overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the country’s economic situation.

The disparities make sense considering the vast racial wealth gap in the U.S. White families, on average, tend to have 13 times more wealth than black and Latino families, according to the Pew Research Center.

Blacks and Latinos also tend to be paid less than whites and they are also more likely to have higher rates of unemployment than whites do. They are also more likely to live below the poverty line than whites.

One study by the Economic Policy Institute showed that black employees with more experience and education were still paid less than their white counterparts. Another study by the Corporation for Economic Development and the Institute for Policy Studies said if current trends persist, it would take 228 years for black families and 84 years for Latino families to accumulate the same amount of wealth as whites.

Yet, the focus remains on the problems of white working class Americans.

“In general there is a tendency to not talk about blacks as workers. This hurts the whole dialogue,” said William Spriggs, chief economist for the AFL-CIO and an economics professor at Howard University. Instead, black and brown workers are considered “underclass” as opposed to working class and “lazy” instead of hardworking, said Spriggs. And yet, they too have worn overalls and lost factory jobs.

“The notion of the white working class implicitly embodies a view of white privilege,” said Spriggs, “It implies that things are supposed to be different for them, that they aren’t the same, that they aren’t going to face the same pressures.”

There is no official definition of the working class. Some define it by education level or job sector, others by income. John Hudak, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution calls these voters “economically marginalized” because they often fall somewhere between the poor and the middle class.

“The realities of race in our society and in our economy benefit white Americans over communities of color,” Hudak said.

President-elect Donald Trump promised to address some of the economic issues facing black voters with his New Deal for Black America, which he released in October. The ten-point plan includes a series of economic proposals that some experts say fall short of their intended goal.

In it, Trump calls for tax reforms including lowering the business tax from 35% to 15% and imposing a “massive” middle class tax cut and child care tax deductions.

Assuming tax cuts will help communities of color is “foolish,” said Hudak. “We didn’t see massive employment creation in the 2000s following those tax cuts,” Hudak said. “What we did see is massive wealth accumulation of the top earning of Americans, but we didn’t see a trickle down effect.”

Reverend Starsky Wilson, the president and chief executive of the Deaconess Foundation, a non-profit serving the children of St. Louis and a member of the Ferguson Commission, said a better way to spur economic growth would be through raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “Those aren’t asset building strategies, those aren’t income building strategies,” Starsky said of the Trump’s tax plan.

According to 2015 data from the Bureau of Labor statistics, 3% of white, Asian and Latino workers earned the federal minimum wage or less, compared to 4% of black workers.

Trump also called for a “tax holiday for inner city investment,” which Melina Abdullah, a professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and an organizer for the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter chapter, called “code for gentrification.” She said such tax holidays allow investors to build amenities that typically attract mostly wealthier, white residents, thereby pushing poorer, working class people of color further away from city centers.

In his plan, Trump also calls for financial reforms to expand credit and support new job creation, including making it easier for African-Americans to get credit to start businesses.

“Credit is debt,” said Starsky. “The community is talking about building assets, you’re talking about building more debt. Who benefits when you offer more credit? The banks. We’ve seen that story before,” said Starsky, referring to the housing boom when blacks and Latinos were the prime targets of subprime loans.

Trump also called for new investments in infrastructure as a way to create jobs, something that Democrats have had on their agenda.

Hudak said Trump’s proposal was “a very good idea that would have meaningful effects in both white and non-white communities,” but he was concerned about the emphasis on public and private partnerships to achieve that goal. “Roads are not private, ports are not private,” Hudak said. “I don’t know if the President-elect would use tax incentives in order for private companies to take over public infrastructure.”

Abdullah was also concerned about this point. “Any time we see the term public-private partnership we should wake up. It means diverting public dollars to private corporations,” she said.

Trump also proposed canceling “all wasteful climate change spending from Obama-Clinton, including all global warming payments to the United Nations,” and using the estimated savings of $100 billion over 8 years to fund urban infrastructure.

“If you were interested in the water systems of the inner city you wouldn’t be talking about dismantling the EPA,” said Starsky of the Ferguson Commission. “The rebuilding of infrastructure is the responsibility of government.”

Representatives for Trump did not return requests seeking comment.

Back to Basics: No Permanent Enemies, No Permanent Friends, Just Permanent Interests

— How should black American voters respond to the tectonic political rift and the stress of a permanently divided nation that the election of Donald J. Trump has laid bare?

This national and irrational divisiveness, if left unanswered, could render African Americans a declining voice in the increasingly zero-sum game of the electoral process that is today’s American political system, and I fear that of the future. In my opinion, for far too long, African Americans have failed to draw upon and exercise our historically unified voting clout and bloc to become “the balance of power” between the two parties before deciding to support or oppose either party based solely on our unique and special interests.

The times demand that we take the necessary and urgent steps to address this reality. Based on the outcome of this election, if we feel a need to protest and raise our voices to draw attention to both our fears and concerns, we should do so. However, as the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement did so effectively, we should protest with peaceful confrontation and in full recognition that the greatest strength of this country is the peaceful transfer of power and governance based on free and open elections.

This governance is regulated by the checks and balances and the separation of powers enshrined by the rule of law of the U.S. Constitution. Most importantly, as a minority population, we want the assurances that a peaceful transfer of power will be sustained when the president or political party that we support comes to power.

We must realize, this is not the last election in America and that elections at every level of government— federal, state and local— will continue to take place. Our job now is to continue to mobilize in these elections whenever and wherever they occur. We should, as before, educate and inform our voting community about the critical social and economic issues that impact our families, our community and this nation.

We are required to challenge and to demand that all candidates or parties in pursuit of our vote, whether they are Republican, Democrat or Independent, explain in comprehensive terms what they propose to do for us to make our lives better. Remember, the most precious and powerful asset we possess in this democracy is the right to vote in favor of or against those who seek to govern us. Let us not give away that right; let us make them earn our vote!

Finally, and this is most critical, it is time for black American voters to return to a political ideology and an engagement strategy with the two-party system that was proposed to us almost 45 years ago at the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Why shouldn’t we, as black voters, reject the notion that we are locked into one party, which undoubtedly limits and dilutes our voting power? We should instead use the power of our vote to support and elect whichever party best serves our interests. I am convinced that this is what Congressman William Clay of Missouri had in mind when the CBC was formed in 1971. Congressman Clay, who I had the honor of knowing, was bold, astute and showed amazing insight when he declared, and I quote, “Black people have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests.” That was the CBC motto then and black Americans should embrace it as our rallying cry today.

To the Republican Party, we say to you, even though you have ignored us or often times actively conspired against our rights, “we have no permanent enemies.” To the Democratic Party, we say to you, even though you have taken our vote for granted and often patronized us, “we have no permanent friends.” What we do have are “permanent interests” and we invite both parties to demonstrate your understanding and willingness to respect and address our interests.

Robert L. Johnson is the founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Final games of Steve Smith Sr.’s NFL career

— Steve Smith Sr. was released by the Carolina Panthers a few seasons ago and had a choice to make. The man considered the most intense wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) was out of a job because the franchise that gave him a shot to be a star had given up on him.

Hardly in need of another reason for the chip on his shoulder, Smith was now given new motivation. He was close to signing with the San Diego Chargers, but instead chose to play for John Harbaugh, a coach equally as fiery.

The following two seasons were highlighted by plays in which Smith exhibited the tenacious style that he plays the position. His stiff arm of Adam Jones in his first game against the Cincinnati Bengals was one of the best plays ever by a Ravens receiver.

Smith was, by and large, the spark plug the Ravens hoped he would be when they signed him. In just two seasons, Smith has rewritten many of the Ravens single season and single game receiving records.

Jim Harbaugh, head coach at University of Michigan and former NFL quarterback, was asked recently about Smith and said he wants him back for another year.

“If he wants to come back, he is welcome, absolutely,” Harbaugh said at a press conference on Monday. “You like every good football player you can get, but I don’t want to speak for Steve. He has had an unbelievably awesome career. He got his 1000th catch, so he needs to be commended for that. Congratulations to Steve on that accomplishment. I am looking for many more this year.”

Smith became the 14th wide receiver in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes. The fact that he accomplished the feat as a Raven is ironic because of the many shortcomings that Baltimore has encountered at wide receiver over the years.

The 2016 season is a bonus round for Ravens fans because Smith originally made the decision to make 2015 his final year. Smith decided to come back after rupturing his Achilles against the Chargers last season.

There was no way a player with the heart that Smith possesses was going to end his career by way of injury. Smith was on his way to another 1,000-yard season before the Achilles injury.

Smith collected football cards recognizing wideouts for having 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He envisioned himself being on one of those cards.

After 16 seasons in the NFL, Smith has eight 1,000-yard receiving seasons under his belt. Although he may not have another season like that in him, Smith is still a force to be reckoned with.

Through eight games, Smith has 44 receptions for 516 yards and three touchdowns this season— quite an accomplishment for a 37-year-old receiver considered to be too old to return from a major injury, and once considered too small to play the position in the NFL.

This will likely be Smith’s final NFL season. Ravens fans need to cherish their final opportunity to see one of the best receivers of all time.

Customers turn to Harbor Bank to show ‘Black Dollars Matter’

— After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, the “Black Lives Matter” movement began in earnest.

As more incidents involving law enforcement officers and black men and women like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Sandra Blank in Texas; and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the movement took on greater meaning and energized many to become activists in African-American communities around the country.

Now, an important outtake from that movement has begun and, just like “Black Lives Matter,” those behind the latest “Black Dollars Matters” action are hoping that it’s not just a moment but also a movement.

“Because of the ‘Black Dollars Matters’ movement, we’ve received many telephone calls from individuals and organizations who’ve shown a lot of interest,” said Harbor Bank president, CEO and chairman, Joseph Haskins Jr.

“Once folks learned or discovered that we are black controlled, things took off,” Haskins said of the numerous new accounts customers have opened recently in support of the movement.

Reacting to the wave of shootings of black men by police officers, thousands of African-American consumers across America are directing their dollars by opening checking and savings accounts in Black-owned banks.

A grassroots effort found the nation’s black banks receiving calls and on-line requests to open accounts.

“This is a movement that began over 100 years ago, but had become dormant because of racial integration. Thousands have been mobilized to protest with their spending power,” said National Bankers Association president, Michael Grant. “Many African-American consumers are linking the shootings with a sense of powerlessness, feeling undervalued and disrespected.”

A significant number of African-American bankers are hearing that black lives do not seem to matter because less value is placed on the lives of black people as a group in America, the NBA said in a statement.

Since July, however, thousands of checking and savings accounts have been opened at black-owned banks.

“We’ve had such an account opening success with deposits varying from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars,” said Haskins, noting that Harbor Bank’s locations in Baltimore and Randallstown have been the beneficiary of the movement.

“We’ve had several high-profile individuals, sports stars and entertainers, come in and ask what they could do,” he said, noting that the bank has realized close to $10 million from account openings.

Singer Solange Knowles, the sister of pop star Beyoncé, recently announced that she was moving her dollars to a black-owned bank. In the summer, Knowles reportedly posted on her Instagram account— where she has over a million followers – “I’m proud to say I made that step today. Time to literally put my money where my mouth is.”

Her post included a list of the black-owned banks in the United States. There are 22 of them. In addition, there are 318 credit unions with African-American designations to also choose from, according to Yes Magazine.

Haskins, one of the founders of Harbor Bank when it opened in 1982, said the movement has unprecedented momentum.

“The only time that I can recall anything similar to this is when we first opened in September of 1982. And, that was fed probably by those looking to make a difference at that time,” Haskins said. “But, I have not seen the level of what we are now seeing since the call of ‘Black Dollars Matter.’ There is legitimate interest in moving money toward black-owned institutions and in keeping money inside of the community.”

Grant cautioned black consumers to be mindful of the voluminous requests that the banks are receiving on-line, in person and by telephone.

“This is a very positive development for black banks. They have always provided a disproportionate share of the small business loans and consumer loans to African- Americans,” Grant said. “Ironically, it seems that we have gone full circle back to where we were before desegregation. The black community is turning inward and seeking to provide security for itself. And few would argue against the notion that nearly every major social issue plaguing black people in America can find its roots in economic deprivation.”

It’s time to give our money marching orders!

— In April 2005, I wrote an article titled, “Billion Dollar March,” at the behest of “The Ice Supreme Man” Ashiki Taylor in Atlanta. The article was in reference to our penchant for marching when we are upset, and then going home to sit down and wait for another crisis. This reaction to our grievances is so predictable and has no effect on the situations against which we protest and demonstrate. The obvious question is, “Why do we continue to do it then?”

Because I don’t do foot marching, I won’t spend my time trying to answer that question; you can ask those who are calling for marches to explain it to you. What I will do, however, is suggest another kind of march: The Billion Dollar March.

Just as in 2005, we are confronted with the same problems, the same conditions, the same powerlessness, and the same black leadership that opts for foot marching as a way to get politicians to change, and as a remedy against unfairness, such as being killed by a rogue cop.

Those of us who were members of the MATAH Network in 2000 will remember our monthly “Standing Order.” We received a book and a tape to help elevate our consciousness; two of the tapes were “Internal Reparations,” by Dr. Conrad Worrill and David Whitaker’s “The Wake-Up Call.”

I listened to both of them this week, and while they reconfirmed my decades of spreading the “Economic Gospel,” those two messages from two astute, conscious and conscientious black men really illuminated— once again— the importance of marching our dollars to black businesses and wielding economic power as a means to change our situation.

Using dollars to reward and punish is a proven way of getting someone’s attention and, thereby, causing them to change their ways. Look at the many examples that have taken place just over the past ten years or so. Nations and their products were boycotted; sports organizations, entertainers and conferences refused to hold events in cities whose policies went against their beliefs; and most recently we saw NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver take the All-Star Basketball game out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Now in reaction to the election, three NBA team owners are boycotting all Trump hotels.

Billionaires like Mark Cuban give their dollars marching orders. We must do no less. Our Billion Dollar March must be organized, measurable, maintained, sustained, and used to empower us. It must not be done solely to hurt someone else; it must be implemented to benefit black businesses owned by conscious and conscientious brothers and sisters, because we know that, “everything black ain’t black.”

The businesses we support must use some of their windfall profits to build a war chest to sustain the coordination of our Billion Dollar March.

In addition to supporting and growing our local black businesses, we must adopt a consistent, continuous, habitual movement centered on buying from ourselves.

Every black household should have black-made products coming in at least once per month. Goods and services that we use on a regular basis, offered by black producers, must find their way into our homes continuously. The “One Million” will keep track of our participation via pledges and feedback from our members and the businesses we support.

Nationally syndicated columnist William “Bill” Reed recently wrote, “Blacks spend less money in black-owned businesses than other racial and ethnic groups spend in businesses owned by members of their groups. How many blacks go out of their way to patronize black-owned businesses?

African American buying power is over $1 trillion and yet only two cents of every dollar an African American spends goes to black-owned businesses.” A Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management study found that a million jobs could be created if black consumers spent $1 of every $10 at black-owned stores and other enterprises.”

What’s wrong with us, y’all? Worrill, Whitaker, Reed and others have given us the formula for economic success and, thereby, political success for many years. We don’t need another foot march, we need and must have, a Billion Dollar March.

Here is our charge: Start right now to redirect $1 billion back to ourselves in 2017, via the example now being shown by The One Million Conscious and Conscientious Black Contributors and Voters. We are buying and promoting a ubiquitous product, one that is consumed worldwide in amounts on par with oil and wheat: Sweet Unity Farms Coffee from Tanzania.

To purchase, go to our website at We are also getting our tax returns prepared at Compro Tax Offices. Buy black products and professional services. If one million of us spend $1,000 per year at black businesses we will bring our Billion Dollar March to fruition.

So, take a load off your feet and let your dollars do the marching!

James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer about economic empowerment for black people. His latest book, “Black Dollars Matter! Teach Your Dollars How to Make More Sense,” is available on his website:

Nation’s top young entrepreneurs invited to compete in Cupids’ Cup

— Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Cupid’s Cup Entrepreneurship Competition, presented by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank. As the signature program of the Plank Foundation for Entrepreneurship (PFE) with over ten successful years of tremendous growth, 2017 will bring another evolution as the competition moves to Chicago, with Northwestern University hosting the event next spring. The University’s reputation of being a top-tier incubator for entrepreneurs offers the perfect opportunity to expand Cupid’s Cup and to continue to grow the competition. The expansion to Northwestern University marks the start of a rotation of host venues, as Cupid’s Cup continues to move across the nation.

As a thought leader and advocate of entrepreneurship, Plank continues to the entrepreneurial spirit with his own success story. The name of the event is a nod to one of Plank’s first businesses— Cupid’s Valentine Rose Delivery— an enterprise that he started as a student at the University of Maryland to sell roses on campus. Those profits eventually became the seed money that launched Under Armour.

Cupid’s Cup aims to reach the top entrepreneurial minds in the country, and more importantly, to inspire and foster the community of college students and recent graduates who have already followed Plank’s lead and are running their own companies.

The Cupid’s Cup participants will be competing for over $100,000 in total cash prizes, access to Kevin Plank’s professional network and the prestigious Cupid’s Cup title.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at accredited colleges and universities, or recent alumni of those institutions who are 30 years old or younger. Applicants must be running a legal business entity that has demonstrated proof of traction. There is no fee to apply.

The application deadline is January 1, 2017. Validation Day (semi-finals) will be held on February 8, 2017 at Under Armour’s global headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland with the final competition scheduled for March 30, 2017 at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

To apply and learn more about Cupid’s Cup, visit: