Haywoode Workman officiated 590 regular-season games over 13 seasons. His most memorable NBA assignment was Kobe Bryant’s last game when the Los Angeles Lakers played host to the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016. Haywoode spent four seasons officiating in the NBA G League and also refereed in the CBA. A second-round pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, Haywoode played eight seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Bullets (now Wizards), Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Toronto Raptors. He also played professionally overseas and in the CBA. Haywoode was an All-State high school quarterback in North Carolina. He played one year of football and basketball at Winston-Salem State University (the latter for the legendary Clarence “Big House” Gaines) before transferring to Oral Roberts University. In 2003, Haywoode was inducted into the Oral Roberts Athletics Hall of Fame.
HBCUs consistently produce high-achieving leaders, athletes, and trailblazers. The HBCU Hoops Invitational provides an opportunity for participating HBCUs to receive vital financial support for their athletic departments to include academic and athletic scholarships while also engaging the local community. True commitment to diversity and inclusion translates to tangible support of those efforts that aim to not only highlight and recognize the contribution of traditionally underrepresented communities, but also to strive to create welcoming educational and workplace environments that create our differences. Your support of the HBCU Hoops Invitational underscores your organization’s commitment to diverse representation in a manner that is meaningful and culturally responsive.