|Black college football heads to the Bahamas|
|Central State takes on Texas Southern|
|Published Monday, May 26, 2014 6:14 pm|
WASHINGTON—Black college football is moving to Nassau, Bahamas.
HBCUX, a recently-launched digital media network, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism are teaming up to produce the inaugural Bahamas HBCUX Classic. HBCUX is planning a weekend of events this fall in Nassau highlighted by a football game and battle of the bands competition between Central State (Ohio) and Texas Southern, preceded by a tailgate concert. The game will be held in 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium on Sept. 13.
“Bringing an HBCU football game to the Caribbean will truly be a unique experience on many different levels,” HBCUX Network founded by President & CEO Curtis Symonds said. “This is the culmination of a dream, and a combination of ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, hard work, commitment and faith on our part as well as the Minister of Tourism Obediah Wilchcombe and his staff to advance tourism in The Bahamas. The game allows two HBCU presidents to provide a cultural experience for their students in addition to promoting their universities to a wider audience. Paramount to this experience is allowing the Caribbean and international communities to see first-hand the educational value HBCUs have to offer.”
Symonds added that HBCUX Network is committed to hosting the event for three years.
Bahamas Permanent Secretary for Tourism Harrison Thompson said, “The Bahamas HBCUX Classic not only supports our goal to bring more people to our beautiful islands, but Bahamians can experience American football at home, and gain insight into what two HBCUs have to offer should one decide to continue their education in the United States.” Both schools will have staff available to speak to potential students during the weekend.
Jahan Culbreath, athletic director at Central State University said “This is a wonderful opportunity for Central State to participate in the inaugural Bahamas HBCUX Football Classic. It will allow Central State to showcase our university while broadening our reach within The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Participating and traveling to another country always adds to a quality collegiate experience for our students. We look forward to establishing new relationships with the wonderful Bahamian community.”
Texas Southern President John M. Rudley, stated “For Texas Southern University, accepting an invitation to be a part of the first American football classic in Nassau, Bahamas highlights our willingness to take the lead in educational innovation, even as it relates to athletics. This is a tremendous opportunity for Texas Southern University to showcase academic and athletic programs to the citizens of The Bahamas. Texas Southern University must chart new directions so that we can take full advantage of opportunities to introduce Historically Black Colleges and Universities athletics to individuals in places like The Bahamas and abroad.
“Athletics, like academic programs and student life, can be the vehicle that we use to introduce college to high school students everywhere. One never knows the interest of the student, so why not expose them to everything we have to offer. We will do that by offering, not only an opportunity to see competitive football, but TSU will participate in a career and recruitment fair while in The Bahamas. Our Student Government Association leaders will also be on the trip.
“We are especially excited and hopeful this first endeavor will create a lasting relationship between the government of The Bahamas, its citizens and Texas Southern University. We are an inclusive university and we welcome this opportunity to create long-lasting relationships and opportunities for our students.”
Symonds hopes to attract thousands of existing students, alumni and football enthusiasts to the inaugural Football Classic. Tickets to the game start at $25. HBCUX Network will be offering packages starting around $375 for a two-night hotel stay at the Atlantis resort, transfers, game tickets and a one month subscription to the HBCUX Network.
|please send me information on the packages..thanks|
|Posted on June 2, 2014|
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