121 Financial Ballpark to Host HBCU Heritage Classic on Feb. 18

JACKSONVILLE (Florida Sports Wire) .  As part of the club’s Black History Month celebration, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are bringing the Jax Melanin Market to 121 Financial Ballpark on Saturday, February 18 in advance of the HBCU Heritage Classic. 

The 2 p.m. first pitch between HBCU institutions Edward Waters University and LeMoyne-Owen College will be preceded by a Black History Month parade and the Jax Melanin Market beyond the left field wall. 

“We are excited to tie the HBCU Heritage Classic with the Jax Melanin Market, our partner for each of our Black History Month events,” said Jumbo Shrimp executive vice president/general manager Harold Craw. “We welcome those in the community, as well as the fans, alumni and supporters of both Edward Waters and LeMoyne-Owen to not only enjoy a great baseball game, but also support the many minority-owned businesses and services that make up the Jax Melanin Market.” 


General Admission Seating Bowl tickets for the High School Heritage Classic are available for $8 per person, and are on sale now via this linkFor group tickets, please contact the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846. 


The Jax Melanin Market, founded in 2018, is partnering with the Jumbo Shrimp for all of the club’s Black History Month programming. The Jax Melanin Market creates a platform that highlights minority-owned businesses' products and services and provides a setting for fellowship with customers and the community. To learn more about the Jax Melanin Market, please visit www.jaxmelaninmarket.com.  


Coming off the school’s second national championship in winning the 2022 Tyson Foods Black College World Series last season, Edward Waters University was picked No. 1 in this year’s initial Black College Nines HBCU poll. The school’s rich baseball history includes baseball pioneer Buck O’Neil, who attended the school before playing and managing in the Negro Leagues, became Major League Baseball’s first Black coach and first Black scout and later founded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. O’Neil was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2022. 

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