Nation's Football Classic™ Schedule of Events Announced

Events DC announced today that the official schedule of events surrounding the inaugural Nation’s Football Classic™ will be held Thursday, September 8 through Sunday, September 11.

The inaugural game features Howard University and Morehouse College, two of our nation’s most recognized and heritage-rich Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Howard and Morehouse renew their rivalry at RFK Stadium on Saturday, September 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m., marking their first meeting in 14 years.

A full line up of **FREE** events has been planned.


Thursday, September 8
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Presidential Symposium: Beyond the Stereotypes – Academics, Athletics, Character and Black Male Achievement – Howard University Cramton Auditorium. Through panel discussions, this event will showcase the positive roles colleges and communities play in improving educational and social opportunities for Black males.

Friday, September 9 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. UNCF Empower Me Tour / HBCU College Showcase and Recruitment Fair – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. College-bound students and their parents participate in seminars focused on financial education, college readiness, career readiness, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, service and philanthropy. In addition, admission and recruitment information on HBCUs will be available.

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Nation’s Football Classic™ Kickoff Rally – Downtown D.C. location
includes the official Kickoff Rally in the heart of the nation’s capital. Reps from participating schools, city officials, music and much more.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. "The Game Before The Game": Howard vs. Morehouse Student Debate – Howard University Cramton Auditorium. Witness the academic rivalry between Howard and Morehouse as they showcase each school’s tradition of developing great orators.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. HBCU Alumni Networking Reception - DC Renaissance Hotel. Alumni from all HBCUs gather for networking and fellowship.

Saturday, September 10

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nation’s Football Classic™ Fan Festival – RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. Fan Festival featuring games, music and exhibit booths.

3:30 p.m. Nation’s Football Classic™ – RFK Stadium. Howard University Bison vs. Morehouse College Maroon Tigers

Sunday, September 11

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Chapel Service – Howard University Rankin Chapel at Cramton Auditorium. Morehouse President Robert Franklin delivers keynote address.