The annual Martin Luther King Classic for boys basketball will not be held next month. Bill Dixon, one of the event’s founders, confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Media.
The Classic’s first four years were held at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. It mainly pitted the Bridgeport schools versus the New Haven schools.
But Charlie Dowd, the senior vice president of operations at Webster Bank Arena who helped run the event, left this fall to take a job at Sacred Heart University. And Chris Johnson, who helped coordinate the Bridgeport side of things as the citywide athletic director, is no longer in that position.
“Everything broke up,” Dixon said. “So we decided, ‘Let’s just wait and come back next year.’”
Dixon insists this is just a hiatus and that the event will return, likely at a different venue.
“There are too many intangibles and there was too much positive feedback from all the coaches who participated not to continue it in some capacity,” Dixon said. “If I have to do in the field house (Floyd Little Athletic Center), I will bring it there and it would involve both boys and girls’ games. … We won’t be able to do the video stuff that Webster Bank (Arena) provided, but we can do it in other ways. It meant a lot playing on Martin Luther King Day.”