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Sports Forum / eSports is coming to Livingstone College in Fall 2021
« on: July 02, 2021, 08:52:19 AM »
Esports is coming to LC in fall
In News, Post by KHarringtonJune 30, 2021

A state-of-the-art esports complex is coming to Livingstone College this fall.

Under the leadership of President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College has taken the progressive and bold steps to enter into the esports arena by establishing the Livingstone College Athletics Esports Facility, to be located inside its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South.

The venue, projected to be completed in September 2021, will comprise five components: competitive esports; simulation golf; iRacing; broadcasting; and an abundance of space for social gatherings. Upon completion, Livingstone esports anticipates an active schedule and has already established facility hosting plans for 100-plus events annually.

Livingstone has contracted with Ohio-based Meridian HD to develop the estimated $1.3M project that will include a more compact facility in the Walls Center at its West Monroe Street campus, designated for students only. The larger off-campus venue will be open to the public as well as students.

Livingstone esports will include 16 competitive gaming stations; 16 social play stations; a pre-game strategy and coaching room; two golf simulation stations; a broadcasting center; two iRacing simulation units positioned in the College’s pit room; uniquely-designed esports hotel suites; and a concessions/beverage bar.

The facility will include overnight hotel rentals; large gathering halls for community and professional association meetings; and expanded athletic boarding for the College’s existing athletic programming.

“In collaboration with Meridian HD and the leadership of Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., we have an exciting concept that no other HBCU, or any other college for that matter, has conceptualized,” said Lamonte Massie-Sampson, Livingstone’s athletic director. “This combination of education, competition and revenue generation sets Livingstone College Athletics years ahead in this new initiative.”

After almost a year of design planning, Massie-Sampson said he is excited to know that Livingstone’s esports program will be the model for many others to follow. In addition, this type of facility will allow the college to recruit the best esports’ competitors to matriculate and graduate from Livingstone College.

“We have also dedicated scholarship money to ensure we are competing not only against other state-of-the art facilities, but with scholarships as well,” Massie-Sampson said. “When this project is completed, Livingstone will be competing and leading in the esports industry.”

There are also plans for a student-centered curriculum incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and preparing students for career opportunities that derive from esports including, but not limited to: commercial and defense drone operators; computer programming; sports journalism and broadcasting; audio/visual entertainment professionals; content creators; and hospitality and event planning management.

“The launch of our state-of-the-art esports program this fall is demonstrative of Livingstone’s commitment to remain progressive and relevant with the programs we offer,” Jenkin said. “We are also excited for this inaugural partnership with Meridian HD as we deliver on a competitive and cutting edge esports program.”

For more information about the esports program or esports scholarships, email Lamonte Massie-Sampson at

Quanera Hayes lined up for her 400m final of the US Olympic Trials lined up against women who went to some of the most prestigious track and field schools in the world. UCLA. Florida.

But when the dust settled, the Livingstone College-product crossed the finish line first, booking her spot to Tokyo. Her 49.78 was a season best, and it made her the USA national champion.

It was a triumphant moment for the Hope Mills, NC native.

“This moment is so unreal right now,” Hayes said following her win. “I’m actually in disbelief.”

But the race was only part of the story.

Allyson Felix was the big story of the 400m Olympic Trials. Her story is well-documented, and she finished just behind Hayes at 50.02, securing a spot in her fifth Olympic Games. After giving it their all in the race, the two mothers met on the track to share a moment with their young children. Allyson Felix brought her three-year-old daughter Camryn and Hayes brought her son in a made-for-TV moment.

It was a sweet moment as both women proved to be on top of their game just a few years after giving birth. The 29-year-old Hayes spoke on Saturday night about what it meant having her son to keep her calm during the trials.

‘He’s my everything. It’s something that you can’t explain, because, it’s just like, you know you’ve given somebody life. And he’s my reason,” Hayes said. “So having him here is — like I cannot explain it. I have so much pride and so much joy knowing that I bounced back from giving birth to him and having him see me and not give up and continue to fight for what God has blessed me to do.”

In addition to motherhood, Hayes made it clear she was running for not only her family, but so much more. She became a Division II champion at Livingstone College, a small, private, historically black college located in Salisbury, NC. She said she wasn’t just running for her alma mater, or even just HBCUs.

“For me, it would be representing the CIAA and all Division II schools. A lot of people out here — they’re from HBCUs — but I’m literally the only one from a Division II school. So it’s much bigger than me representing HBCUs, it’s me representing Division II as well,” she said. “And letting them know ‘hey, just because we’re in Division II, people don’t look at us as being one of the best or top-tier athletes. But, look where I am. Look how far I’ve gotten, coming from a Division II school. So it’s much bigger than the HBCU thing. That’s just a bonus.

And now Quanera Hayes will be representing all of that in Tokyo. With her son.

Men's Golf leads the pack

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has announced tthe Dr. Freddie Vaughns Highest Team Academic Award recipients for the 2019-2020 year and six  Livingstone teams made the list.

 This award is given annually to the team in each of the CIAA's sponsored sports with the highest cumulative grade point average. Teams were formally recognized during the annual CIAA spring meeting.
 The Livingstone men's golf team had the nighest GPA among men's sports with a 3.60 cumulative grade point average.
 LC led the conference with a total of six teams ranked first in their particular sport, followed by Virginia Union with five.

The CIAA Highest Team G.P.A. Award was renamed prior to the 2018-19 academic year in honor of former Bowie State University Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. Freddie Vaughns, who passed away in 2015.


SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced a new addition to the Blue Bear athletics family Friday.

Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson announced that Chiante Wester was the new head women’s basketball coach during a press conference on the Salisbury campus.

Wester comes to Blue Bear country after serving as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Virginia State University Trojans since August 2006. She joined Virginia State University after reuniting with former Shaw University Assistant Coach James Hill, Jr.

During her tenure at Virginia State, Wester participated in five regular-season division championships in the CIAA Conference, four NCAA appearances and a CIAA Championship as VSU captured more than 200-plus wins.

Wester has mentored several all-conference players, league players of the year, first-ever VSU HBCU/CIAA players of the year and academic All-Americans.

She worked primarily with the guards in her role at Virginia State and assisted Hill in all facets of player development, on the court coaching and individual skill instruction as well as recruitment. Her administrative responsibilities consisted of coordinating and directing community relations, outreach projects, and managing and organizing team managers.  She also oversaw the academic study hall and academic progress of the student-athletes within women’s basketball.

In 2013, Wester was selected to attend the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program. In 2008, she attended the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.

Born in Havana, Fla., Wester was a standout high school player at Havana Northside High School under the legendary coach Rosa Hughes-Browning. She played collegiately for two seasons at North Florida, earning Panhandle 2nd Team Conference honors both years. She then transferred to Shaw University for the 2000-2004 seasons, where she received several awards including outstanding player, outstanding service award, athletic trainer senior award, most improved basketball player and outstanding student honoree.

She graduated cum laude from Shaw University in 2003 earning her bachelor’s degree in allied health and recreation. In 2010, she received a master’s degree in sports management from Virginia State University.

“We strongly believe this is a next-level move for not only Coach Wester, but for our women’s basketball team,” said Massie-Sampson. “She is ready and eager to excel as a head coach and deliver her own coaching style to a team that is also primed for greatness.”

“Coach Wester was a great choice to lead our women’s basketball team,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We have a lot of confidence in her leadership capabilities and look forward to her cultivating a spirit of excellence among our student-athletes on and off the court.

« on: March 16, 2019, 12:27:12 PM »
SALISBURY  – Six home games, highlights Livingstone College 2019 football schedule that was announced on, Thursday, including three straight contests facing Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association opponents. In addition, Livingstone will not leave the state of North Carolina, but only twice.

The Blue Bears open the 2019 season on the road taking on SIAC opponent Clark Atlanta University (Sept. 7) in Atlanta.

One week later LC returns home and will match-up Elizabeth City State University in a non-conference showdown in its annual West End Classic (Sept. 14).
Coming to Salisbury is NAIA foe Allen University (Sept. 21), who is in their second year of competing in football. LC will host the Yellow Jackets for the first time since 1964.

"We are looking forward to the upcoming season and we have the opportunity to open the season with a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (The SIAC)." said Head Coach Daryl Williams. "Being on the road really hurt us, but with a strong fan base and home field advantage I think our schedule is a pretty competitive."

Livingstone, which went 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association last year, will open CIAA play in a cross-over game, and wrap up the month of September on the road at Lincoln, PA and meeting up with Lincoln University (Sept. 28).
LC then returns to Alumni Memorial Stadium to round out the CIAA Northern cycle by hosting Virginia Union University (Oct.5) in a cross division tilt.

Livingstone will be making back to back trips to the triangle area midway through the season. First the Blue Bears will face Saint Augustine's University (Oct. 12) and then hit the road the following week to face Shaw University in Durham (Oct. 19)

The Columbia Blue and Black will stay home for the final three weeks with an in-state battle and welcome Winston-Salem State University (Oct. 26).

The Blue Bears will celebrate Homecoming to begin the month of November as they host Fayetteville State University (Nov. 2)

The Blue Bears will close out the 2019 gridiron season on Nov. 9 hosting arch-rival Johnson C. Smith University, in the Commemorative Classic, which will take place inside Alumni Memorial Stadium in Salisbury, the Birthplace of Black College Football.
The 2019 CIAA Championship is scheduled for Nov. 16.

Also, football season tickets are now on sale. New season tickets or renew existing season ticket holders can be purchased using the following link or fans can also call the ticket office at 704-216-6221.

Season Tickets

Sports Forum / So where is the Pioneer Bowl at?? Asking for a
« on: November 10, 2018, 06:33:29 PM »
I DON'T CARE.....I wish the Pioneer Bowl was still being played.


What are your thoughts on season 2?

General Discussion Forum / Underground
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:18:47 AM »
If I missed a previous post..I apologize.

Who watches Underground?  Mannnnn this show is the real deal.


General Discussion Forum / Does anybody watch Complications on USA?
« on: August 01, 2015, 09:47:01 AM »
I have been watching this show...very interesting show.  Is anybody else watching?  Tell me your thoughts.

Sports Forum / Marshawn Lynch Interview
« on: January 27, 2015, 02:27:21 PM »
Answer to all questions have been......

I'm just here so I won't get fined.

WOW.... This cat right here.  :crazy:

Sports Forum / D2 FB Changes Coming
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:29:11 PM »
Many changes will be coming for the next season.  One of the major ones is 7 teams per region will be in the playoffs this season with the top seed getting a bye.

Went to the wrong meeting by mistake and sat in and boy I tell ya.....some other things are coming that is going to effect all D2 HBCU's.....I had MAJOR concerns...but being that I am not a Head Coach anymore I just kept my mouth shut. 

There is a possibly...a verrrry STRONG possibility that the AQ will go away and they go by he rankings.  There is a whole set of criteria they put out on the selection process for the playoffs.  The way WE schedule will damn sure get you ranked lower and subsequently out of the playoff picture.

Oh well.....SMDH

Sports Forum / Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
« on: December 24, 2014, 12:44:09 PM »
Opposite the press box side...there MAY be 1000 fans.  I am assuming the bulk of the fans are on the press box side.

I hope the HBCU's considering a game there REALLY think about this before signing a contract.  Better cash the check and get those pass ports complete.  LOL

General Discussion Forum / List a RESPECTED Black Leader and why
« on: December 11, 2014, 09:39:34 AM »
I am just numb about our leadership.  Please list a person in our community who is a real leader.  Not only liberal but conservative or any other affiliation. Not just someone who can excite a crowd or come up with some catchy phrases.  Someone who has a vision and trying to work some type of plan.

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