Holiday Hoopsgiving 2020 announced one of the fastest growing grill brands in the industry,  Pit Boss Grills, has signed on as the Title Sponsor for the inaugural premier men’s college basketball event. It will be held at the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta, home of the NBA Atlanta Hawks, on Dec. 6 and 12. Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer, has signed on as Presenting Sponsor for the event, which will feature five college neutral-court games with some of the nation’s top collegiate basketball programs.


“We are elated to have Pit Boss Grills and Academy Sports + Outdoors join the Holiday Hoopsgiving family. We have similar foundations and visions for the communities we are passionate about.  Their support for our inaugural year of the collegiate portion of the event means so much to us,” said Chris Williams, Owner, The VII Group.


Pit Boss Grills Holiday Hoopsgiving presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will be televised live on ESPN Networks. A portion of proceeds from the event, including sponsorships, will help support the non-profit organization Play for Orange, whose mission is to provide leukemia research support to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


“The entire Pit Boss team is blessed to take the court as the title sponsor of Holiday Hoopsgiving,” said Dansons President, Jeff Thiessen. “Not only are we eager for first-class basketball from some of the country’s most elite programs, but we are also thrilled to partner with the tournament’s philanthropic efforts and help support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Giving back to those in need is integral to our company’s mission, so having the ability to do so while also introducing a new audience to Pit Boss Nation was a slam dunk opportunity.”


On Sunday, Dec. 6, Pit Boss Grills Holiday Hoopsgiving presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will tip-off with Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky . On Saturday, Dec. 12, there will be a quadruple-header including Clemson vs Alabama , Mississippi State vs. Dayton, LSU vs. South Florida , and Auburn vs. Memphis.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions only limited friends and family will be allowed to attend Hoopsgiving 2020, however fans can still have a ‘”virtual” presence by purchasing cutouts that will be in the stands during game play.

Along with personalized cutouts, fans can also purchase Hoopsgiving t-shirts in the school colors of their favorite competing team.  Fans can go to http://theviigroup.net/ for more information.


“Holiday Hoopsgiving is an exciting opportunity to bring some of the top collegiate basketball programs to the city of Atlanta,” said Trey Feazell, Executive VP of Arena Programming for State Farm Arena.  “We look forward to a great event that will highlight some phenomenal young talent.”