WASHINGTON, D.C. – In celebration of Black History Month, the DC Lottery’s 2022 Black History Calendar, “More Than a Game: Black Innovators in Sports,” is now available to the public.

Cultures across the world have delighted in the creativity and skill of games. Black Americans continue to be visionaries and creators in this arena. This year’s calendar highlights groundbreaking inventions like the wooden golf tee, invented by Dr. George Franklin Grant in 1899; sports and media mogul Sheila Johnson who calls unprecedented shots on and off the court; college coaching legend in his own right Coach John Thompson, III; and Super Bowl XXII Most Valuable Player Doug Williams.

“The DC Lottery is excited to present this year’s calendar honoring pacesetters in a spectrum of games. It was important to convey the ground gained and contributions made by Black Americans as inventors and players on and off the field,” said Director of Marketing and communications Nicole Jordan.

Since 1986, the DC Lottery has produced the Black History poster as a goodwill and community-focused effort. Copies are made available to the District’s public schools, libraries, recreation centers, and the public at no cost. Past posters have highlighted history makers and historical events including Negro League baseball and DC’s own Homestead Grays, heroes in medicine, and espionage, as well as the historic Bolling v. Sharp ruling that ended school desegregation in the District of Columbia.

Please adhere to COVID-19 protocols and get your copy of the 2022 Black History calendar at your local DC Library branch, DC Parks and Recreation center, or at DC Lottery’s Prize Center located at 2235 Shannon Place, SE. Please call 202-645-8950 to reserve a poster while they last.

Since its inception in 1982, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3.8 billion in prizes, transferred more than $2.14 billion to the District's General Fund which supports essential services in the District, and has helped local nonprofits raise more than $134 million in support of social causes.