Get ready, set and prepare to enjoy some great HBCU college football!  A week of sports and academic-themed festivities leading up to the 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic (CFC), which will take place on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. kick-off at Soldier Field.

This event is presented by corporate partners Sherman Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Skokie and BMO Harris Bank.

This sports uprising features a no-holds-barred football gridiron grudge-match between two well-known Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), The Panthers of Clark-Atlanta University vs. the Marauders of Central State University. The Classic will also host a spirited and exciting roster of pre-game events, while continuing its mission to provide Chicagoland high school students with opportunities to pursue a higher education at these historic and legendary school institutions.

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In honor of this event and in recognition of the strong, enduring educational legacies of both the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund, Inc. and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF),  we are proud to announce that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has designated September 4-11 2016 as “Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week in Chicago.”

CFC Co-founders Larry Huggins, Everett and Tim Rand jointly express the organization’s appreciation. “The Chicago Football ClassicScholarship Fund Inc. wishes to thank Mayor Emanuel, the City of Chicago for this outstanding designation honoring HBCUs, as well as his unwavering support and assistance in promoting the Classic’s work to increase the numbers of Chicago students attending these phenomenal and culturally significant HBCUs.”

Also on Saturday, the  award-winning South Shore Drill Team and Performing Arts Ensemble will perform a dazzling, precision acrobatic routine at halftime and will join Honorary CFC Chairman Mayor Emanuel, other elected officials, and three of Chicago’s aldermen who are serving as this year’s Official Honorary City Co-Chairs: 8th Ward Ald. Michelle A. Harris; 34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin and 27th Ward Ald. Walter Burnett.

This Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund Inc. program is designed to increase urban and inner-city kids’ interest in attending HBCU colleges, by reinforcing the concept of pursuing educational excellence at all school levels. Further, the CFC Scholarship Fund expands awareness to needy families of the large array of grants and other financial assistance available to promising kids in underserved communities and neighborhoods throughout the city.

In addition to emphasizing to young people constructive values such as hard work, positive behavior and discipline, the Classic hosts a variety of pre-game events:

Friday, September 9, 2016

CHICAGO FOOTBALL CLASSIC Golf Outing

8 a.m. Registration / 9 a.m. Shotgun Start

Flossmoor Country Club

1441 Western Avenue

Flossmoor, IL

Enjoy the fall morning air, and participate in one of the city’s premier tournament-style events at the south suburban Flossmoor Country Club. Contact Janet Berry at Midway Wholesalers at 773-874-8000, x.4024 for more information.

Friday, September 9, 2016

CHICAGO FOOTBALL CLASSIC ‘HBCU Battle-of-the-Bands’ PEP RALLY

Noon

NBC Tower PREVIEW – free event

455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. (Columbus Dr. & Illinois St.)

Hosted by hip-hop radio station Power 92’s personality “SHAGG,” the high-energy bands of two local Chicago High Schools will “take the battle to the streets,” and showcase their musical talents in downtown Chicago at the NBC television station. This is a free lunchtime outdoor preview to hype interest in the upcoming Sept.10 classic.

Saturday, September 10th

CFC/HBCU College Fair & Empowerment Summit – free and open to the public  

9 a.m.. – Noon

Soldier Field – Midway Club

1410 Museum Campus Dr.

Got questions about college? Need some financial help? Come on out and meet admissions, financial-aid and counseling representatives from over 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Be sure to bring: Your transcripts, ACT scores and I.D. Why? Because some lucky attendees with the right academic stuff will receive provisional scholarships for schools right on the spot!

High School Battle of the Bands

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Soldier Field Great Lawn

These celebrated high-energy bands of two local Chicago High Schools will help kick off game day events, and as an early highlight, will display their precision movements and musical ability, to pump up the crowd before the game!

Chicago Football Classic Tailgate

Noon. – 3 p.m.

Soldier Field – South Parking Lot, Adler Planetarium Lot and Upper Waldron Deck

1410 Museum Campus Dr.

Please note: the lots will be swept promptly at 3:15 p.m.

There will be NO post-game tailgating allowed.

The Chicago Football Classic Vendor Marketplace*

1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Soldier Field

*Everyone must have a stadium game ticket to enter marketplace

Another annual delight at the Chicago FootballClassic  is  HBCU Vendor Marketplace, with interesting offerings, diverse wearable items, innovative jewelry and crafts, as well as gallery and museum-quality collectibles, gifts, books, art, cultural artifacts, and more.

Tickets for the 2016 Chicago Football Classic are $17-$45, and can be purchased at both Midway Wholesalers Inc., 41 West 84th Street, or contact773-874-8000, x.4024 and Riteway Huggins Construction, Inc., 1030 East 87th Street or 773-734-1600. Buying online via Ticketmaster,www.ticketmaster.com is another convenient option. An added bonus – Even more affordably priced tickets  ($5 discount per ticket) are also available at Walgreens. Go towww.chicagofootballclassic.biz, Like the “Chicago Football Classic” on FaceBook and follow on Twitter: @ChiFtblClassic

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