The 2014 “ESPN 101 High School Seminar” was held at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. ESPN’s Jay Harris moderated the panel which consisted of sports industry professionals, which included Jocelyn Fisher, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Administration/Senior Woman Administrator, USF; Angela Woods, Director, Corporate Outreach, ESPN; Iliana Limón Romero, Editor, College Sports, Orlando Sentinel/South Florida Sun Sentinel; Phillip Gregory McKibbins, Senior Director, Technology & Product Development, ESPN; and Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort.
The 2014 band showcase featured North Carolina A&T State’s “Blue and Gold Marching Machine” versus Alabama A&M’s “Marching Maroon and White” at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park. To see pictures and video of the bands’ performances, please visit the MEAC/SWAC Challenge’s Facebook page.
The Legends Award, established in 2009, pays tribute to individuals whose achievements have impacted HBCUs. The 2014 Legends Reception was held Saturday, Aug. 30, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mickey Mouse was on hand to congratulate this year’s honorees, from left to right, Pro Football Hall of Famers Harry Carson (representing South Carolina State); John Stallworth (Alabama A&M); former athletic director and storied volleyball and basketball coach Betty Austin (Alabama A&M); longtime sports media media relations veteran Bill Hamilton (South Carolina State) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea (North Carolina A&T State).
The 2015 Great Heart & Soul Tailgate will feature the R&B musical stylings of Silkee Smoove plus the island atmosphere of steel bands and calypso. The pump-’em-up pep rally will also feature the drum lines and cheerleaders from Arkansas Pine Bluff and South Carolina State. For more information – plus a full list of activities – click here.
What better way to get amped up for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney? A good, old-fashioned Pep Rally, of course, which accompanied the Heart & Soul Tailgate party in front of Bright House Networks Stadium. The Pep Rally featured cheerleaders and a drum-line from both bands (North Carolina A&T State’s “Blue and Gold Marching Machine” and Alabama A&M’s “Marching Maroon and White”).
Widely considered the most highly-anticipated event of the entire weekend, the Halftime Battle of the Bands is an opportunity for our bands to shine. In 2014, North Carolina A&T State’s “Blue and Gold Marching Machine” and Alabama A&M’s “Marching Maroon and White” showed attendees that the beat goes on even while players are off the field. Both bands performed after the game — for the 5th Quarter Battle of the Bands.