Congratulations to VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY in their win over VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY 59-53. Outstanding Job!!!! The Freedom Classic Festival was originally formed in 1996 to acknowledge and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and legacy of the Civil Rights movement. Teaming with two Historically Black Universities, Virginia State University and Virginia Union University, the Freedom Classic Festival has grown into more than just a basketball game. Over 10,000 guests enjoy the creativity and diversity of festival events each year. Since its inception in 1996, the Freedom Classic Festival has been able to expose over 50,000 youth to life-changing experiences through mentorship opportunities, community service, donations, and volunteer opportunities. Each year, the festival partners with various corporate sponsors including the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Dominion, Verizon, Virginia Lottery, Radio One and others to make the festival a truly memorable experience.