D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri & Big Tigger Headline Friday’s AT&T Kickoff Rally as Events Begin for At&T Nation’s Football Classic™

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Events DC is rolling out the red carpet with several free events for the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, which features Howard University against Morehouse College at RFK Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

I congratulate Events DC, the competing schools and the sponsors for working together to make the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ a success

Events DC is rolling out the red carpet with several free events for the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, which features Howard University against Morehouse College at RFK Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Grammy Award-winning artist Sean “Diddy” Combs and platinum recording artist Jermaine Dupri join radio host Big Tigger at the AT&T Kickoff Rally, taking place this Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The rally, hosted by Big Tigger, is a fun celebration featuring music, giveaways, a Howard University and Morehouse College drumline competition, performances by step teams and the Ballou High School drumline, Howard and Morehouse cheerleaders, remarks by Howard and Morehouse head football coaches and of course, spirited participation by Combs and Dupri.

“I congratulate Events DC, the competing schools and the sponsors for working together to make the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ a success,” said Mayor Gray. “The Classic offers a full schedule of exciting, educational and fun events leading up to the big game on Saturday, and I encourage all to take advantage of the numerous activities.”

“We’ve been planning a long time, and we’re excited the time has finally come,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of the Events DC Sports and Entertainment Division. “We thank Howard University, Morehouse College and all our partners for diligently working with us to put together a great lineup of events and activities surrounding the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic.”

The weekend opens with a day-long educational forum entitled the “Presidential Symposium: Beyond the Stereotypes – Academics, Athletics, Character and Black Male Achievement” at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. The event will showcase the positive roles colleges and communities can play in improving educational and social opportunities for black males and reaffirm the positive image of Black men through panel discussions.

Noted panelists include Morehouse College President Robert M. Franklin, Howard University President Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau, scholar and author Michael Eric Dyson, actor and author Isaiah Washington, Howard professor Dr. Greg Carr, CNN news anchor Fredricka Whitfield, Washington Post sports columnist Jason Reid and filmmaker/director Seith Mann.

Things really start to heat up on Friday. Activities include the UNCF Empower Me Tour presented by Wells Fargo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where college-bound students and their parents will participate in seminars focused on financial education, college readiness, career readiness, entrepreneurship, health and wellness and service and philanthropy. Celebrity panelists include Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ledisi, actor Brian White, Kita Williams and Monique Jackson (aka Kita & Mo) of VH1’s “The T.O. Show”, R&B singer Kenny Lattimore and “Next Food Network Star” contestant Chef DAS. In addition, representatives from a variety of historically black colleges and universities will have admission and recruitment information on their schools available throughout the day.

Friday continues with the AT&T Kickoff Rally followed by “The Game Before The Game”: Howard vs. Morehouse Student Debate at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. Opening the debate is harpist and gospel recording artist Jeff Majors, the Howard University Gospel Choir and the Morehouse Glee Club Alumni Ensemble.

The evening wraps up with an HBCU Alumni Networking Reception co-hosted by the Howard University and Morehouse College Alumni Associations at the DC Renaissance Hotel.

“It’s the first year and we want it to be special,” continued Moses. “We have the draw of a world-class city in Washington, D.C., great events and high-profile personalities. The weekend will get off to a great start.”

Tickets for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ range from $15 to $60 and can be purchased at the RFK Stadium Box Office with no service charge. For group sales and tickets in the VIP “Super Suite” area, call (202) 608-1140. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, the Howard University box office located at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore.

RFK Stadium is easily accessible by Metrorail on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and numerous Metrobus lines. For additional information on tickets, the official schedule of events and to make hotel reservations, please visit http://www.NationsFootballClassic.com.

NFC Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/@nationsclassic
NFC Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/NationsFootballClassic
Howard University: http://www.Howard.edu
Morehouse College: http://www.Morehouse.edu

Contacts:
Teri Washington, Events DC: (202) 494-5737
Toya Watts, Events DC: (202) 480-5789
Lisa Milner / Luis Maya, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

About the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™
The AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ is a black college football game held annually at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. This year, the game features Howard University against Morehouse College. Organized by Events DC, the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities, highlight the unity of African American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions. Tickets for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ are on sale now at the RFK Stadium Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the Howard University Box Office at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore. Seats are priced at $15, $25, $40, $50 and $60.

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