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The Band of the Year offers a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities that can meet you company’s needs. For more information, please reach out to Executive Director John Grant at [email protected].



We believe we smile bigger when we smile together. That’s why we’re proud to support and celebrate HBCUs on the field, in the classroom, and beyond. At Cricket, we make your wireless experience easy.  We have the phones you want, a range of plans to fit your budget and lifestyle, and the services you need, like flexible plan and payment options.  All on our nationwide network.


We know that powering an inclusive future can be game-changing! Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. That is why one of our 12 Actions for Social Justice has been committing $150 million to HBCUs. Through partnerships with organizations like OneTen and initiatives like The Multiplier Effect, we are committed to learning, listening, and caring for our communities while supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place through our technology and our actions. Visit Cisco EmpowerNet to learn how your business can engage with Cisco around these efforts and be empowered to excel and beyond.


CareSource is a nonprofit, nationally recognized managed care organization with over 2.3 million members. CareSource administers one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans in the U.S. The organization offers health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare products. As a mission-driven organization, CareSource is transforming health care with innovative programs that address the social determinants of health, health equity, prevention and access to care. CareSource stands united with HBCUs in delivering innovation and workforce, economic and social development for all leading to a brighter, healthier future. This includes HBCU scholarship support, unprecedented health initiatives for HBCU athletes, employee volunteerism and a robust and proactive HBCU recruitment program. HBCU alumni have integral leadership roles through the organization and on its executive management team.