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Event Overview

May 26 – 29, 2022

Las Vegas, NV

ABIS Champions & Legends Weekend is a premier fundraising event supporting athletes on their journey through high school, college and beyond by providing scholarships, life skills training, and strategic guidance. We provide programs and services that eliminate structured, systemic barriers for Black student athletes and coaches.

In support of this initiative, ABIS hosted its inaugural Awards Show honoring Blacks in sports. This entertaining, educational, and inspirational weekend  recognized coaches, players, and historical sports figures in professional and collegiate sports. Athletic trailblazers will be in attendance to present awards named in their honor for their level of achievement and distinction. 

NBC Coverage

ABIS Champions & Legends Weekend
by CEO & Founder,
Gary Charles

Gary Charles, best known for many things, notably he was the first person to be able to generate a shoe deal for the late Kobe Bryant.  He is close friends with Sonny Vacarro.  He has coached numerous NBA stars.  He was the co-founder of FAB48 Basketball tournament and is the current co-founder of Big Time Las Vegas basketball tournament with over 600 teams in attendance.  

Gary Charles is a visionary and a go-getter.  He had a vision to create the Advancement of Black In Sports in 2020 after the George Floyd murder.  ABIS was a dream he had for many, many year, but he was determined to make it a reality when he couldn’t take the abuse and inequities of Blacks anymore after he watched the death of George Floyd.  

Gary is a sport guy.  So what better way to push forward his mission than to fight for equality for Blacks in sports.  From fair hiring practices, empowering Black collegiate athletes, addressing mental health in sports and so much more. 

The ABIS Champions & Legends Conference and Awards Gala was an ambitious task which turned out to be an incredibly successful weekend in Las Vegas during Memorial Day weekend.  With virtually full house attendance at the workshops to almost 300 guests at the Black tie, red carpet award gala, ABIS has accomplished incredible heights in such a short period of time.


The Conference

Workshops/Panel Discussions

– Victory Under Pressure

– Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

– Using Sports to create a legacy of financial wealth

– Financial wealth, bridging the generation al wealth gap

– Mental Health: The impact of social and emotional health on sports performance

– Name Image & Likeness

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

– All White Party

– Gospel Brunch

– Golf Tournament







Dr. J received the

Lifetime Achievement Award

ABIS: Advancement of Blacks In Sports

WE ARE A NETWORK OF BLACK LEADERS IN SPORTS.

OUR MISSION is to connect and inspire people to boldly advocate for racial, social, and economic justice that results in measurable advancement for Blacks in sports.

Sports touch all communities, all age groups and income levels. Sports influence and affect millions of people.

  • 7.8 MILLION high school students participate in sports

  • NEARLY HALF A MILLION college athletes in the US

  • MORE THAN 98 MILLION PEOPLE watched the Super Bowl and 7.5 MILLION watched the NBA finals in 2020

  • Sports industry revenue was $75 BILLION in 2020