Saint Joseph’s and La Salle announce Martin Luther King, Jr. Day series

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PHILADELPHIA – Two Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big 5 rivals are set to square off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, January 18, with Saint Joseph’s and La Salle renewing a rivalry that dates back over a century.

In recognition and honor of Dr. King’s legacy, the two schools have announced they will once again play on the national holiday during the 2021-22 season.

“Our program is honored to partner with La Salle and shine light on one of the greatest leaders our world has ever known in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He led with courage, compassion and love. His message and his mission have never been more appropriate to raise awareness than it is now. We have a lot to do to create equality and it starts with our hearts,” said Saint Joseph’s head coach Billy Lange. “When I approached Ashley about this idea in July of 2019 to play our annual Big 5 game on MLK day, he graciously agreed. We have a shared vision for this event that will unfold as each year passes. This is just the beginning.”

The Explorers and Hawks will square off at Hagan Arena on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

“To have the opportunity to share with our Philadelphia basketball community a day that we celebrate Dr. King and all of the contributions he has made to our society is something special,” La Salle men’s basketball coach Ashley Howard said.

“If you look at the world we live in today, it is difficult to comprehend one individual taking the stance that he took to fight oppression, prejudice, and racial injustice in our world. We are hopeful that this series can extend beyond next season and give our community a special event to look forward to each year.”

La Salle and Saint Joseph’s began playing in 1909, before the Explorers recognized athletics teams at a varsity level. Dating back to the first meeting in 1909, Saint Joseph’s holds a 70-60 record in the series. Since varsity sports began at La Salle in 1933-34, the Hawks lead the series, 65-53.

Monday’s game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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