By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
HBCU All-Star Football Classic Set for New Orleans in January
NEW YORK, NY.— The inaugural HBCU All-Star Football Classic will be played at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans’ City Park, Monday, January 17, 2005. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30p.m.
A press conference has been set for Friday, September 10 at the Wyndham Canal Hotel – Riverbend Terrace Room to introduce the principals involved in the event.
HBCU All Star Classic Executive Director, Richard Harvey and the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) will partner in promoting the game, aimed at raising the profile of the top professional prospects from HBCUs.
Modeled after the East/West Shrine Football Game, the HBCU All-Star Classic will employ an East versus West format, with a selection committee choosing 96 NFL draft-eligible seniors from the 38 HBCUs of the CIAA, MEAC, SIAC and SWAC, in addition to five HBCU independents: Cheney University of Pennsylvania, Savannah State University, Stillman College, Tennessee State University and West Virginia State College.
The East team will consist of players from the MEAC and CIAA and independents West Virginia State College, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Savannah State University. The West team will consist of players from the SWAC and SIAC and independents Tennessee State University and Stillman College.
The game, a vision of retired 12 year NFL veteran Harvey, was designed to provide a venue by which athletes from HBCUs may showcase their NFL-worthiness to the league’s coaches and scouts.
“The young men that will participate in this game have needed for this to happen,” said Harvey, President and co-founder of the HBCU All-Star Classic. “Black College players have not been afforded the same opportunities and exposure in-line with athletes coming from Division I-A institutions.”
More than just a game, the HBCU All-Star Classic and its many auxiliary components have coalesced to create a ‘Cultural Happening’ in-and-around the city of New Orleans.
New Orleans is considered the perfect place to host an HBCU All-Star Classic both because of the locale and the nationwide popularity of the city.
“New Orleans is a city of great ethnicity and diversity,” said Toni Rice, NOMTN President. “This is a remarkable opportunity to showcase to the world all the wonders that are inherent to our great city.”
A portion of the proceeds from the HBCU All Star Classic game and ancillary events will go to benefit the HBCU’s non-profit foundation.