The 2015 “ESPN 101 High School Seminar” will be held at Evans High School in Orlando on the morning of Thursday, September 3. ESPN’s Jay Harris will moderate the panel comprised of five sports industry professionals. This year’s panelists will be announced in early August.
The 2015 Band Showcase will feature Arkansas – Pine Bluff’s “Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South” and South Carolina State’s “Marching 101” at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The two bands will lead off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3 PM on Saturday, Sept. 5, one day before the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. Fan packages that include an after 2 PM park ticket to see the performances will be available in late July.
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 2015 Legends Reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This year’s honorees include six-time Pro Bowl defensive end L.C. Greenwood (posthumously, representing Arkansas – Pine Bluff), three-time Super Bowl winner and current UAPB Head Coach Monte Coleman, legendary South Carolina State head coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Willie Jeffries, and five-time NFL Pro Bowl safety Donnie Shell (South Carolina State).
Fan packages that include an after 2 PM park ticket to see the performances will be available in late July.
Pictured: last year’s honorees, from left to right: Harry Carson (representing South Carolina State); John Stallworth (Alabama A&M); Betty Austin (Alabama A&M); Bill Hamilton (South Carolina State) 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, will accompany the Great Heart & Soul Tailgate party in front of Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. The Pep Rally will feature cheerleaders and a drum-line from both bands (Arkansas – Pine Bluff’s “Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South” and South Carolina State’s “Marching 101”).
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 2015, Arkansas – Pine Bluff’s “Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South” and South Carolina State’s “Marching 101” will show attendees that the beat goes on even while players are off the field. Both bands will also perform after the game during the 5th Quarter Battle of the Bands.