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Clark Atlanta University Hits Gridiron On Chicago’s Soldier Field For 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Contact: Mario Boone

ATLANTA (Aug. 10, 2016) – The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Panthers will hit the gridiron Sept. 10 against the Central State University Marauders in the highly anticipated Chicago Football Classic at 3:30 p.m. in Chicago’s Soldier Field.  For details and ticket information click here.

“Participating in the Chicago Football Classic is an exciting opportunity for CAU to engage in friendly competition and camaraderie,” says Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson. “Classics have long played a major role in the rich history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). They allow institutions and families, and certainly alumni, to come together and they also increase awareness about the importance and necessity of what we do.” 

"Chicago contributes the largest pool of applicants to Clark Atlanta University among other U.S. cities outside of Atlanta," says Lorri Saddler Rice, director of Student Recruitment and Admissions.  Rice is a Chicago native (Whitney M. Young High School, '83) and a CAU alumna (MBA, '92).  "Recruitment efforts in the Chicagoland area have resulted a significant population of students from the region becoming members of our 2016 incoming CAU freshman class," she added.

“This is an excellent way to expose Chicago-area students to the culture of HBCUs,” says CAU Alumni Association Chicagoland Area Chapter President Bakari Baker. “Our chapter is devoted to identifying potential students and mentoring them once they go away to school.” The Chicago Alumni chapter ranks as one of the strongest CAU alumni chapters nationally, boosting a membership of more than 1,000 in the area.

CAU’s football team and band are preparing to ensure an engaging game that the entire family will enjoy. “We look forward to bringing our “A” game to Solider Field, to really showcase our athletic program, our talents on the field and to have a good time,” says CAU Athletics Director J. Lin Dawson.

For the past 19 years, the Chicago Football Classic has drawn thousands of sports fans to Soldier Field for a gridiron contest between HBCUs in effort to promote higher education and create scholarships. The game has provided more than $1.7 million in scholarship money to students.

CAU has scheduled an entire weekend of fun-filled events for alumni, students, family and friends. 

Category: Athletics
Keywords: Chicago Football Classic