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More Than Us, backed by two-time NBA All-Star and serial entrepreneur Baron Davis, and Hennessy will host the B.I.G. (Business Inside the Game) Summit at the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. In partnership with Sole Savy, B.I.G. Summit returns in-person and virtually to bring together experts, visionaries and urban entrepreneurs across multiple platforms in sports, media, technology and finance. This gathering will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NBA and kick off with fireside chats and a panel that includes NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Mayor of Cleveland Justin Bibb and Scott Rochelle, President & CEO of The National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Held from February 19-20 at the Agora Theater in Cleveland or via stream on Twitch on Slic Channel from 1-6PM EST, B.I.G. Summit will also unveil History Of The Game, a virtual, decentralized Hall of Fame experience that celebrates EVERYONE who’s contributed to basketball. The History Of The Game metaverse will pay tribute to 75 of the Greatest Of All Time players (GOATS) along with other storied athletes, local legends and cultural icons. Each inductee will have a limited edition NFT collection that unlocks content, games and events in this new metaverse.
“B.I.G. Summit this year marks the 75th anniversary of the NBA,” said Baron Davis, Founder, More Than Us and Baron Davis Enterprises. “I’m excited to co-host this event in Cleveland as the City holds special memories for me and I’m proud to galvanize such an amazing group of leaders, brands, athletes and organizations. I see great possibilities coming from the collective pursuit of this dynamic group.”
“Our partnership with Baron Davis’ B.I.G. Summit builds on Hennessy’s long-standing commitment to Black communities and ongoing mission to celebrate and champion cultural diversity by pushing the limits of potential for Black entrepreneurs,” says Jasmin Allen, Senior Vice President, Hennessy US. “Via this collaboration, we aim to expand on that legacy in the most impactful and meaningful ways by providing access to resources to those demonstrating the ability to reshape Black communities through social impact."
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Held from February 19-20 at the Agora Theater in Cleveland or via stream on Twitch on Slic Channel from 1-6PM EST, B.I.G. Summit will also unveil History Of The Game, a virtual, decentralized Hall of Fame experience that celebrates EVERYONE who’s contributed to basketball. The History Of The Game metaverse will pay tribute to 75 of the Greatest Of All Time players (GOATS) along with other storied athletes, local legends and cultural icons. Each inductee will have a limited edition NFT collection that unlocks content, games and events in this new metaverse. History of the Game opens tonight for the first time at 5PM EST on hotg.xyz.
Also, the beloved sneaker start-up and community-based marketplace, Sole Savy, will host a members-only community pop-up where members can hang out, watch the panels in person and enjoy the All-Star game with others.
“Baron and his team have been such amazing supporters of our brand, and as a start-up, we are excited and honored to share our first All-Star experience with B.I.G.,” said Dejan Pralica, CEO and Founder of Sole Savy.
Renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas will exclusively feature his artwork – That’s Game – virtually in History Of The Game. Inspired by the 75th anniversary of the NBA, honoring the historical legacy, while also interrogating the sports world, the original piece of art encompasses basketball jerseys and mixed media. Thomas works primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media and popular culture. The IRL version will be on view as part of the pop-up exhibition ‘The New Black Aesthetic’ for four days only, 3-blocks from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at the Caxton Building.
The weekend will conclude with a brunch hosted by Girl Get Your Bag (GGYB), a collective of women championing female leaders worldwide with the goal of narrowing the gender wealth gap across a multitude of industries, where they will launch a series of NFT’s that showcase and highlight women-owned brands and their voices.
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