The Chicago Football Classic to Kick-Off Virtual HBCU Week October 20th-24th.

The Chicago Football Classic (CFC), in collaboration with BMO Harris Bank, Walgreens, and Hyatt Hotels, announced the inaugural 2020 Virtual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week, to take place October 20th – 24th, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  The week-long experience, branded ‘HBCUs Matter’, will encompass:

Chicago Football Classic HBCU Chicago DefenderTuesday, October 20th – Financial Empowerment & Literacy Summit, Sponsored by: BMO Harris Bank

An interactive planning seminar, featuring financial experts & college advisors providing guidance to students on the basics of saving for college and discussions on fiscal responsibility

Wednesday, October 21st – Student Health & Counseling Services, Sponsored by: Walgreens

A spirited conversation about simplifying the experience of an undergraduate education, including valuable student assistance and resource programs, such as: Medical Services, Counseling, Psychiatry Services, Wellness Programs and Services and Student Insurance

Thursday, October 22nd – Career Fair, Sponsored by Hyatt Hotels

An exhibition of internships, post-graduation employment and career opportunities for students not planning to attend a four-year institution

Friday, October 23rd – Virtual Pep Rally , Sponsored by Power 92 Radio

Showcasing HBCU spirit and excitement, highlighting past battle of the bands and rally events

Saturday, October 24th – College Fair, Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank

Representatives from HBCUs from across the country will be available to discuss admissions, scholarships, selecting a major and overall campus life

All virtual events will take place from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The links will be provided upon registration at  “While the Chicago Football Classic have long known the matchless value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the convergence of current occurrences has served to deepen the relevancy and heighten a broader sense of consciousness and curiosity,” remarks Everett Rand, co-founder of the Chicago Football Classic. “Whether it be the vows to increase diversity in the business sector by aligning with HBCUs or the significance of the Democratic Vice President Nominee touting her proud HBCU heritage; undoubtedly HBCUs Matter!!”.

“As a part of the virtual experience, students will also have a chance to win prizes and giveaways, such as: laptops, iPads and Walmart gift cards, thanks for our faithful sponsors and partners,” says Larry Huggins, co-founder Chicago Football Classic. “Likewise, we will be encouraging parents and family members to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund, which earlier this year, despite the pandemic and cancellation of the game, awarded $100K in scholarships to 20 area students planning to attend HBCUs. Our commitment to education and HBUCs is stronger than ever.”

For additional information, visit or call (773) 874-8000 x4025. Follow us on Facebook @ ChicagoFootballClassic, Twitter @Chiftblclass and Instagram@ Chifootballclassic.

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