SPECIAL TO THE COURIER
Football, marching bands and good food make a perfect combination for a good time in the upcoming football season.
On Labor Day Weekend, ESPN will bring a football team from a historically Black college and university in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to the city of Orlando.
The 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney will showcase a matchup between the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and the Rattlers of Florida A&M University (FAMU) in the Florida Citrus Bowl.
More than a game
The weekend is jam-packed with more than just the game. The weekend will include a high school seminar featuring figures in the sport industry, a pep rally at Downtown Disney, a band showcase at Disney’s Epcot, a Legends’ reception honoring influential figures in the HBCU community at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Great Heart & Soul tailgate at McCracken Field, and the ever memorable battle of the bands.
During the summer, as Mississippi Valley and FAMU prepare for the Sept. 1 game, journalism students from both universities will provide stories, profiling their head coaches, key players and band directors. The students also will share why they chose to attend a historically Black college and university (HBCU).
For more information about the game and weekend events, visit www.meacswacchallenge.com.