Vernon Davis and Business Partner Kal Ross Join Capital Classic Ownership Group

Capital Classic

Capital Classic

Nation’s Prominent High School Basketball All-American Game Celebrates 50 Years in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2023.

BETHESDA, MD (March 16, 2023) – The Capital Classic today announced that Vernon Davis, Super Bowl 50 Champion, 14-year NFL veteran, University of Maryland alumnus and local DC legend along with his business partner, Kal Ross, have joined the ownership group of the Capital Classic. The Hoop Culture Capital Classic presented by Events DC will be played on April 29, 2023 at Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

“We are excited to have someone of Vernon’s character and integrity join our ownership group,” said Tom Doyle, CEO of the Capital Classic. “Vernon’s strong ties to the DMV will be extremely beneficial in growing the Capital Classic and the other properties we manage.”

“I am thrilled to join the Capital Classic ownership group,” said Vernon Davis. “The lasting legacy of this game to the DMV community is second to none and I look forward to leveraging my connections in concert with the other owners of the group for many years to come.”

“This is an exciting opportunity to join the iconic Capital Classic in the nation’s capital highlighting some of the country’s top high school athletes as they ascend in their basketball journeys,” said Kal Ross.

The 2023 Hoop Culture Capital Classic will be played at Entertainment & Sports Arena, the same home court for the WNBA Washington Mystics and the NBA G League Capital City Go-Go.

“We are so excited to partner with this iconic basketball event,” said Events DC President and CEO Angie M. Gates. “The addition of Vernon Davis and Kal Ross significantly enhances the profile of this high school showcase game and we look forward to the history being played at our own arena.”

The Hoop Culture Capital Classic presented by Events DC – the nation’s first high school basketball all-American game – annually features the top 10 high school basketball players in the capital region (DC, Maryland and Virginia) versus top student-athletes assembled from across the country. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Capital Classic is a major spotlight game for many elite basketball players, with past editions featuring NBA All-Stars and Hall of Famers such as LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Moses Malone.

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About Hoop Culture

THE ORIGINAL. Hoop Culture is the premier, one-stop store for copping unique basketball accessories; the forerunner of independent street and lifestyle apparel, setting trends with each and every new arrival. FROM THE BOTTOM UP. Back when it was still just textbook definition, we were first to bring you what it means to be unequivocally part of the Culture. Ten plus years later, and not only have we changed the apparel game, we may have reinvented the wheel, somehow. Pioneering the many tags that resonate now with your generation: Eat Sleep Ball, Hoop Vibes, This Game Is My Life, Basketball Above All, Ice in My Veins, and plenty more. What started out, back in 2009, with one kid's ambition, dream, and a single slogan on a graphic t-shirt reading, "This Game Is My Life," grew into a global movement thanks to the millions of supporters who've seen us grow on every mainstream social platform. Hoop Culture is fitted: Basketball Made. Players welcome.

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in direct economic impact and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC) — and on our new hub for live and on-demand event programming on GATHER by Events DC at

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