Inspirus Sports Management, is honoured to announce the addition of Army West Point to the London Basketball Classic line up. Army West Point joins Princeton University, Northeastern University and Manhattan College for games taking place Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 24 and Saturday November 26 at the Copper Box Arena.
The Army West Point Black Knights will take on the Princeton University Tigers in one semi-final game, while the Manhattan College Jaspers will play the Northeastern University Huskies in the other semi-final. In this championship format, the two winning teams will advance to play in the championship game and the two other teams will play in the third-place game.
“The London Classic is a tremendous opportunity for our program on many levels. It will give our players the unique experience of interacting with the community as well as an opportunity to enjoy the culture and sights. On the court, it will be a chance to compete against top programs from three great conferences in the Northeast that will help prepare us for Patriot League play. We are extremely excited about this experience and appreciate the opportunity.”
James Allen, Army West Point Men’s Basketball Head Coach
“It is an absolute honour to announce Army West Point as the fourth and final team for our first ever London Basketball Classic. Our event, taking place at the Copper Box Arena -- home of the BBL London Lions, will feature four fantastic, NCAA Division I teams. We hope to celebrate Thanksgiving in style with the support of the great British basketball fans on November 24th and 26th.”
Marc Mulholland, Executive Director of the London Basketball Classic, Inspirus Sports
The London Basketball Classic provides an opportunity for Inspirus Sports to highlight its sister company Inspirus Global Education which specialises in international student recruitment on a global scale.
“Inspirus Sports and Inspirus Global Education was founded off the back of a mission, set out by our Sport Changes Life Foundation, that helps inspire and build the aspirations of young people through sport and education. We have always been focused on working with the best of the best and adding Army West Point to our network of schools shows that once again we have found partners who understand our mission to help inspire student-athletes to be the best versions of themselves that they can be. I am so excited to see the fans and young people attending these games be inspired for years to come.”
Gareth Maguire, Chairman and Founder of Inspirus Sports and Inspirus Global Education, CEO of Sport Changes Life Foundation
“We are proud to welcome Army West Point to our London event. Our goal is to help U.S. institutions expand their reach to a global audience, which in turn, helps provide life-changing opportunities to prospective students. We are so thankful for these four prestigious institutions who understand the importance preparing their students for winning both on the court and in the classroom. We are honoured to have them in our inaugural event, the London Basketball Classic.”
Scott McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, Inspirus Sports & Inspirus Global Education