Claflin University baseball player Eric Minor beat out 15 players representing the four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to win the inaugural Madden 21 x HBCU Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 6. Minor, a junior computer science major from Suffolk, Va., was among four athletes from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) schools to compete in the finals.
As the champion, he was awarded a Grand Prize of $5,000.
“It feels amazing knowing that I’m the first-ever to win this tournament and that I won it while representing Claflin University, the most slept on HBCU,” said Minor. “For me, this means that I am the best HBCU Madden Player in the world, and no one can take that away.” Minor said laughingly, “And I also have all-time bragging rights.”
EA SPORTS Madden NFL players representing HBCUs across the country participated in a single-elimination qualifier tournament for their school’s athletic conference in November 2020.
“We are extremely proud of Eric,” said Director of Athletics Tony O’Neal. “This is a huge accomplishment not only for him but for the University, the athletics department, and the CIAA.”
You can catch a rebroadcast of the tournament at https://m.twitch.tv/videos/904104407.