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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Events DC Announces Schedule for Inaugural
Nation's Football Classic Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Events DC announced today that the official schedule of events surrounding the inaugural Nation’s Football Classic™ will be held Thursday, September 8 through Sunday, September 11. The inaugural game features Howard University and Morehouse College, two of our nation’s most recognized and heritage-rich Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Howard and Morehouse renew their rivalry at RFK Stadium on Saturday, September 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m., marking their first meeting in 14 years.

            “We are committed to making the inaugural Nation’s Football Classic™ more than a game. It will be a special experience for fans of all ages and interests,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of the Sports and Entertainment Division of Events DC. “We hope residents and visitors alike will take advantage of these event offerings taking place around our nation’s capital as we welcome HBCU students, alumni and fans to the District. With such fun and interesting events planned, we are confident the Nation’s Football Classic™ will become a highly-anticipated annual event in Washington, D.C. for years to come.”

Events include the UNCF Empower Me Tour, the Nation’s Football Classic™ Kickoff Rally, an HBCU Alumni Networking Reception and the Nation’s Football Classic™ Fan Festival. There will also be a Presidential Symposium, a Student Debate and an HBCU College Showcase and Recruitment Fair co-hosted by Howard and Morehouse.

All events are free to the general public (except for the football game). Students, alumni, HBCU football fans and all other interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate in the various discussions, networking opportunities and educational experiences.  


Thursday, September 8
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presidential Symposium: Beyond the Stereotypes – Academics, Athletics, Character and Black Male Achievement – Howard University Cramton Auditorium
Through panel discussions, this event will showcase the positive roles colleges and communities play in improving educational and social opportunities for Black males.
Friday, September 9
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
UNCF Empower Me Tour / HBCU College Showcase and Recruitment Fair – Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
College-bound students and their parents participate in seminars focused on financial education, college readiness, career readiness, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, service and philanthropy. In addition, admission and recruitment information on HBCUs will be available.
Noon – 1:00 p.m.  Nation’s Football Classic™ Kickoff Rally – Downtown D.C. location
Join the fun at the official Kickoff Rally in the heart of the nation’s capital. Reps from participating schools, city officials, music and much more.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. "The Game Before The Game": Howard vs. Morehouse Student Debate – Howard University Cramton Auditorium
Witness the academic rivalry between Howard and Morehouse as they showcase each school’s tradition of developing great orators.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  HBCU Alumni Networking Reception - DC Renaissance Hotel Alumni from all HBCUs gather for networking and fellowship.
Saturday, September 10
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
Nation’s Football Classic™ Fan Festival – RFK Stadium Festival Grounds                                                Fan Festival featuring games, music and exhibit booths.
3:30 p.m.      Nation’s Football Classic™ – RFK Stadium
Howard University Bison vs. Morehouse College Maroon Tigers
Sunday, September 11
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chapel Service – Howard University Rankin Chapel at Cramton Auditorium
Morehouse President Robert Franklin delivers keynote address.

About the Nation's Football Classic™
The Nation's Football Classic™ is a black college football game held annually at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. This year, the game features Howard University against Morehouse College. Organized by Events DC, the Nation's Football Classic™ was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, highlight the unity of African American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions. Tickets for the Nation’s Football Classic™ are on sale at, the Howard University Box Office at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore. Seats are priced at $15, $25, $40, $50 and $60.

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Contacts:       Teri Washington, Events DC: (202) 494-5737
                       Toya Watts, Events DC: (202) 480-5789
                       Lisa Milner / Luis Maya, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500


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