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43rd Annual New York Urban League Football Classic

The 43rd Annual NYUL Football Classic will take place on September 24, 2016 at MetLife Stadium. This year’s Classic will feature Howard University vs Morgan State University. Their football teams and marching bands will battle it out at MetLife Stadium in true HBCU fashion! The Football Classic benefits the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund and the educational programs of the New York Urban League.

The football teams and marching bands of HU and MSU have the brought this great HBCU tradition, with added southern flavor, up the Big Apple. In previous years, the MSU Bears have been the victor over the HU Bison and Louis “Skip” Perkins, HU Director of Athletics, looks forward to the rematch. “Howard University is excited about playing in the New York Urban League Classic. This great event allows the University to showcase our football program for the Bison Nation, especially the large group of HU alums from the New York metropolitan area. The added dimension of playing one of our conference rivals in Morgan State University makes the game even more special,” stated Perkins.

The 43rd NYUL Football Classic continues to be supported by long time partner, The Daily News and sponsors, Enterprise and UPS. This year NYUL introduces its first Mr. Classic, Mike Muse. Muse, the founder of Muse Recordings, speaker and guest radio commentator will host events throughout the summer in anticipation of the big day in September.

Since its inception, proceeds from the game have helped to leverage over $20 million in Whitney M. Young, Jr. Educational Scholarships awarded to nearly 4,000 college bound students. Whitney M. Young, Jr. who the scholarship was named after, was President of the National Urban League. His distinguished career was marked by his effectiveness in bringing the business community into full participation in the struggle for Civil Rights. Young focused on gaining equality for blacks in business, politics, and improving opportunities for the urban poor. The New York Urban League continues its mission to enable African Americans and other underserved communities to secure a first class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services and advocacy in our highly diversified city.

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