Mayors Reed, Gray Help Unveil Return Of ‘Nation’s Football Classic’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray recently joined 150 guests, dignitaries and media during a reception emceed by V103’s Frank Ski at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington for an inspiring program of pageantry and prose.

The celebration was held to announce the comeback of the Nation’s Football Classic in 2011, a football game featuring teams from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) which will be held annually in September at RFK Stadium, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) announced.

D.C.’s newest sports tradition kicks off with Howard University and Morehouse College renewing their historic football rivalry on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

“This game between Morehouse College in Atlanta, my hometown, and Howard University, where I attended both college and law school, represents the best of both worlds for me,” said Reed. “There are no losers with this matchup.”

In demonstrating the commitment to education, the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is a founding partner.

“Football fans, alumni and students along the East Coast can reunite each year to enjoy the pageantry, excitement and camaraderie of the Black college football experience,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of the WCSA’s Sports, Entertainment and Special Events Division. “The game is certainly the highlight of the weekend but our event offerings will include an educational component, a step show, a Fan Festival and, of course, plenty of tailgating.”

The Classic weekend will begin on Sept. 9 with the HBCU Empower Me Tour sponsored by the WCSA and UNCF. The Nation’s Football Classic Step Show will culminate that same evening at the D.C. Armory.   Prior to the Classic game on Saturday afternoon, there will be a Fan Festival on the grounds of RFK Stadium.

Tickets for the inaugural Nation’s Football Classic are already on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, and the Howard University box office.

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