Cactus Jack Foundation’s Star-Studded HBCU Celebrity Softball Classic Hosted by Travis Scott

2024 Cactus Jack HBCU Classc Celebrity Softball Game
Photo by Michael Starghill/MLB Photos via Getty Images

In an extraordinary convergence of sports, entertainment, and philanthropy, Travis Scott took center stage to host the Second Annual Cactus Jack Foundation HBCU Celebrity Softball Classic. This groundbreaking event, a precursor to the Cactus Jack HBCU Classic, showcased the commitment to education and community empowerment, emphasizing the foundation’s pivotal role in fostering excellence within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Travis Scott, in collaboration with his Cactus Jack Foundation, Project H.E.A.L., and the Astros Foundation, organized the second edition of the Cactus Jack Foundation HBCU Celebrity Softball Classic at Minute Maid Park. The occasion featured a stellar roster of celebrity participants spanning the worlds of music and sports.

Celebrity Softball Classic: A Star-Studded Affair

The star-studded affair, held at Minute Maid Park on February 16, 2024, featured a dazzling array of celebrities from music and sports. Icons such as Metro Boomin, Teyana Taylor, Swae Lee, Anthony Mackie, Stefon Diggs, and CJ Stroud, among others, took the field for a friendly match. Sponsored by industry giants including Nike, Fanatics, and Jordan, the game concluded in a tie, with Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud earning the coveted MVP award.

Cactus Jack HBCU Classic: Fostering Excellence in Baseball

Beyond the softball excitement, the event marked the kickoff of the Cactus Jack HBCU Classic, a three-day collegiate baseball tournament showcasing Division 1 teams from HBCUs. This initiative, in collaboration with the Houston Astros, underscores the commitment to advancing the game of baseball and highlighting the prowess of black athletes in the sport.

Honoring Excellence: Waymond Webster HBCU Scholarship

The festivities commenced with a ceremony honoring recipients of the Waymond Webster HBCU scholarship. This heartfelt acknowledgment emphasized the foundation’s dedication to advancing education and creative resources for the youth. The Webster family, instrumental contributors through the Waymon Webster HBCU Scholarship Fund, received the HBCU Vanguard Award and a proclamation from NAACP Houston for their outstanding contributions.

Innovation on Display: Cactus Jack Foundation Social Impact Village

A first-of-its-kind addition to the event was the Cactus Jack Foundation Social Impact Village, situated on the main concourse. Collaborating with partners like Houston Housing Authority, METRO, and Houston Independent School Districts, this village served as a hub for civic and community resource partners, fostering community engagement and support.

Empowering the Next Generation: A Dynamic Legacy

Jordan Webster, spokesperson for the Cactus Jack Foundation, spearheaded this dynamic event, showcasing a powerful blend of sportsmanship, philanthropy, and community support. With a resounding focus on education and creative resources, the foundation demonstrated its commitment to empowering the next generation.

The impact of this gathering resonated as a celebration of HBCU scholarship recipients and a testament to the enduring legacy of the Webster family’s support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This event left an indelible impression on both participants and spectators, epitomizing the profound impact that sports, education, and community collaboration can have.

MLB Photo Credits: Michael Starghill / MLB Photos
Getty Photo Credit: Bob Levey / Getty Images for Cactus Jack Foundation

About the Cactus Jack Foundation

The core mission of the Cactus Jack Foundation is to empower and enhance the lives of young individuals by granting them access to education and creative resources, thereby ensuring sustained success. The foundation staunchly believes that no young person should face barriers to reaching their lifelong aspirations. It is dedicated to extending educational opportunities universally, irrespective of individual circumstances, to help every individual realize their dreams.

About Project H.E.A.L.

Project H.E.A.L. stands as a comprehensive initiative committed to addressing the challenges confronted by today’s youth, with a specific focus on those from marginalized and at-risk communities. In collaboration with the Cactus Jack Foundation, Project H.E.A.L. encompasses a variety of initiatives, including academic scholarships, the provision of free mental health resources, a creative design center, and solutions for ensuring event safety. These concerted efforts, both individually and collectively, strive to resolve challenges and surmount issues that significantly impact the youth community. For further insights into their impactful work, visit heal-project.org.

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