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John McLendon is a historical connection between Duke and Kansas

The Hall of Fame coach was a mentee to James Naismith and the orchestrator of the ‘secret game,’ one of the first integrated sporting events in the Jim Crow South
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College basketball PPV Legends of Basketball Classic to return in 2023, with teams and venue to be announced

When this year’s Legends of Basketball Classic was announced, we discussed how a pay-per-view model for a NCAA basketball exhibition game was an unusual approach, and that it would be worth watching the results to see if that was more widely adopted. Well, that Oct. 28 event (featuring the Tennessee Volunteers and Gonzaga Bulldogs) appears to have gone well enough to make a 2023 return. Organizers Intersport (managing the ticketing, game operations and event production), iNDEMAND (the game’s exclusive TV and streaming distributor), the National Basketball Retired Players Association (title partner), and the McClendon Foundation (charitable beneficiary) announced that news Tuesday.

McLendon Foundation and underdog venture team announce partnership to impact the sports industry

The McLendon Foundation and underdog venture team announced a strategic partnership rooted in each organization's shared mission to expand opportunities for underrepresented communities in the sports industry. The focus of the partnership is to elevate the Foundation through expanded marketing and brand development, partnerships and strategic organizational enhancements to make a lasting impact.

McLendon Foundation to Hold Inaugural Leadership Weekend in Lexington

The McLendon Foundation is set to host its Inaugural Leadership Weekend, Presented by McDonald's and the NCAA. The event is taking place August 26-28, with support from the University of Kentucky (UK) and G3 Marketing. More than 60 individuals from across the country are expected to attend, including several 2020-21 McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients and Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI) Future Leaders.

Fiesta Bowl McLendon Scholarship Recipient: Kurt Russell

Kurt "KJ" Russell was scouting apartments in Phoenix when he received a call from Adrien Harraway, vice president and director of the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. He called to tell KJ that he had been selected to receive the scholarship that the Fiesta Bowl awards annually through the foundation to a student at an Arizona institution.

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