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Chicago Alumni of Black Colleges Raise Awareness Through Football Classic

Game organizers and school alums from both schools remain clear about the true theme of the match: "It's more than just a game." It spotlights the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Chicago's Annual Football Classic Will Soon Return

    Chicago's annual Football Classic will take place in just a few weeks, officials announced. This year marks the event's 22nd year celebrating black colleges. The game is set to take place Sept. 14 at Soldier Field. 

     

    (Published Friday, Aug. 16, 2019)

    City leaders, judges and C-suite-level executives are among the Chicago-based alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities raising awareness and attendance for their alma mater ahead of the annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field.

    The game itself, known as "the battle of the HUs," matches up Hampton and Howard universities on Sept. 14, fueling a rivalry born in 1908. The two schools competed in the same conference for almost a century before Hampton became a member of the Big South Conference last year.

    It all leads up to the 22nd annual game played on Chicago Bears turf "where the world will find out who's the real HU."

    Amid the competition, game organizers and school alums from both schools remain clear about the true theme of the match: "It's more than just a game." It spotlights the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund.

    Students Benefit from Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund

    [CHI] Students Benefit from Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund
    (Published Monday, Aug. 26, 2019)

    "The purpose of the CFC Scholarship Fund is to support the educational goals of disadvantaged youth and ensure that those deserving scholars are not deprived of the opportunity to receive a higher education from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)," organizers said in a statement.

    The mission of the fund echoes the intent of former HBCU students whose impressive careers reflect the foundation of the schools' heritage, curriculum and student support.

    Here's a look at some of the Chicago-based alumni backing the program:

    Hampton University

    Shannon Andrews, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago

    Curtis McKinney, Project Coordinator, City of Chicago

    Leslie Anderson, US & International Head of Workplace, BMO Harris

    Gyata Kimmons, CEO, Ridge Strategy Group

    Bertina Power, President, Queen B Consulting

    Christopher Stinson, Asst. Director of Procurement, Chicago Housing Authority

    Nikki Butler, Cultural Affairs Coordinator, DCASE

    Kevin Slaughter, Partner Levenfeld Pearlston, LLC

    Denean Pillar-Jackson, Account Director, Year UP

    Kara Holloway, Asst. to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Illinois -Chicago

    Howard University

    Honorable Sharon O. Johnson, Judge, Illinois Circuit Court

    Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority

    DeShanaForney, Senior Director-Government & Community Relations, Peoples Gas

    Honorable Roland Burris, Former US Senator/Illinois Comptroller

    Clayton Harris, Deputy Director, Illinois Port Authority

    Al Dinwiddie, Vice President, Loop Capital

    Jerome Gay, Asst. Business Mgr., City Colleges of Chicago

    Dortricia Penn, Asst. Corp Counsel, City of Chicago Dept. of Law

    Melanie Patrick Neely, Asst. Corp. Counsel, City of Chicago Dept. of Law

    Eric Smith, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank

    Lisa Pope, Vice President, Sr. Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

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