The Durham Sports Commission presents the inaugural Champion Durham Classic, a new signature high school basketball holiday invitational to be held each year in the Bull City, the City of Champions.   

The 2021 event will welcome six boys teams and six girls teams for a schedule of competitive play on December 27-29 on the campus of North Carolina Central University at the McDougald-McLendon Arena. The DSC is proud to showcase three boys and girls teams from Durham as well as welcome three boys and girls teams from outside of the area.  

Participating Teams

Girls Teams

School Name:Team Name:
Cary High SchoolCary lmps
Durham School of the ArtsBulldogs
Charles E. Jordan High SchoolLady Falcons
North Mecklenburg High SchoolLady Vikings
Grace Christian School of SanfordLady Crusaders
Hillside High SchoolLady Hornets


Boys Teams


School Name:Team Name:
Heritage High SchoolHeritage Huskies
Charles E. Jordan High SchoolJordan Falcons
Southern School of Energy and SustainabilitySouthern Spartans 
Wilson Prepatory AcademyWPA
Hopewell High SchoolHopewell Titans
Rock Creek ChristianRCCA Eagles 
Cresset Christian AcademyCresset Christian Academy  

Game Schedule


Time Monday, December 27 Tuesday, December 28 Wednesday, December 29 
12 p.m. Cresset Christian vs. Heritage
Cary vs. Hillside
DSA vs. Cary
1:30 p.m. Jordan vs. Cary
DSA vs North Meck
Rock Creek vs Jordan
3 p.m. Southern vs. Wilson Prep
Heritage vs Jordan
Jordan vs North Meck
4:30 p.m. DSA vs Grace Christian
Hopewell vs Wilson Prep
Heritage vs Wilson Prep
6 p.m. Hillside vs North Meck
Grace Christian vs Jordan
Hillside vs Grace Christian
7:30 p.m. Jordan vs Hopewell
Rock Creek vs Southern
Hopewell vs. Southern

McDougald-McLendon Arena

Address: 700 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC 27701  

Home of the NCAA Division I NCCU Basketball and Volleyball teams competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, McDougald-McLendon Arena will be a championship-worthy venue allowing for 3,500 fans.   

With a new flooring system and video scoreboard, the arena was named to honor alumnus and civic leader Richard L. McDougald, and former Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach John B. McLendon.  

Spectator Information & Tickets

Spectator tickets available for purchase at the door. Each ticket will be $10 a day for access to watch all games.   

The Durham Sports Commission plans to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by the City and County of Durham as well as NCCU campus policies.   

Durham COVID-19 Guidelines >> https://durhamnc.gov/4013/City-of-Durham-COVID-19-Guidelines-Servi  

NCCU COVID-19 Guidelines >> https://www.nccu.edu/coronavirus   

Concessions will be available at McDougald-McLendon Arena as well as local vendors spotlighted throughout the venue.   

Information about hotel accommodations and suggestions for things to do for out-of-town athletes, families, and fans is coming soon.   

College Coach Registration

Register Here

Form for college coaches to register for the Champion Durham Classic
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About the Durham Sports Commission

The DSC is the proud host the Champion Durham Classic. With so much young talent in the City of Champions, it was past time for a high school basketball invitational to take place in the community. The Durham Sports Commission is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create economic and social impact by leading the community’s efforts to attract, support, and promote youth, amateur, collegiate, and professional sporting and recreational events.   

The vision of the DSC is to engage the Durham community in supporting and promoting the sports spirit that exists both historically and presently, by increasing the capacity of local sporting events to host events with strong participation rates, and by working with national event owners to recruit sporting events that provide positive community impact. We’re confident that the Champion Durham Classic will do just that.