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Contact: Mario Boone
ATLANTA (SEPT. 6, 2016) Clark Atlanta University (CAU) students from Chicago continue to make news just days before they return home to watch their Panthers compete for the first time in the 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic Sept. 10, at the historic Soldier Field. Ericka Jade Fields, a senior business administration major at CAU, is the latest Chicagoan making headlines with her post-graduation plans. The student leader and future advertising mogul plans to use her CAU degree to help level the playing field for girls in the “Windy City” by one day launching a high school just for them.
“I hope to use my corporate connections, business savvy, and love for young people to build an all-girls charter high school in my hometown,” said Fields. It’s a tall task she said she is ready to meet because of the education and training she received from Walter Payton College Prep and right here at CAU. And based on her academic accomplishments at CAU, it’s clear she is ready for the challenge through her focus and determination.
There is also a huge fun element for her and other “Chi-Town” natives at CAU returning home for the Classic. That’s because Fields will have a sideline view of all the action as a CAU cheerleader. It’s a dream come true for the widely respected CAU student who grew up watching many HBCU’s do battle at the Classic.
“I can remember going to the Classic as a kid and wanting so very badly to be on the sidelines,” said Fields, “dancing with the band and cheering on my HBCU in front of thousands of people.” Now, she has the opportunity to fulfill her goal. “Hosting my beloved Panthers in my treasured city is nothing short of beautiful,” Fields explained.
But even bigger than all of that, she is looking forward to showcasing the positivity Chicago has to offer besides the drumbeat of violence portrayed in news reports. “Representing CAU means constantly correcting people when they say ‘Chi-Raq,’” she remarked, a reference to the city’s gun violence. She said she wants current high school students to know they, too, can make it like she did. And she hopes they choose Clark Atlanta as their path to success just like she did.Category: Students
Keywords: Ericka Jade Fields, Chicago Football Classic