This year’s annual “ESPN 101 High School Seminar” will be held at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. ESPN’s Jay Harris will moderate a panel of sports and industry professionals who will share thoughts about their own career paths while offering guidance to the students in attendance. This event is not open to the public.
The Welcome Dinner (not open to the public) will be held at Disney’s Epcot® World Showplace. Players, school administrators and other ESPN and Disney personnel will be on hand to kick off the event. Former Howard University quarterback (and ESPN talent) Jay Walker will give the keynote address to get players ready for the landmark match-up (Aug. 31, 11:45 am ET, on ESPN).
This year’s band showcase will feature 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 at 2:45 pm, ET. Attendees must have theme park tickets, which can be purchased through Anthony Travel, the event’s official travel provider.
The Legends Award, established in 2009, pays tribute to individuals whose achievements have impacted HBCUs. The year’s Legends Reception will be held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. ET. Honorees include NFL Hall of Famers Elvin Bethea (North Carolina A&T State ); Harry Carson (South Carolina State ); and John Stallworth (Alabama A&M ); as well as sports media relations veteran Bill Hamilton (South Carolina State) and former athletic director and longtime volleyball coach Betty Austin (Alabama A&M). Tickets to the event are $35.
This year’s Great Heart & Soul Tailgate will feature R&B and Jazz sensation Silkee Smoove and a pump ’em up pep rally with the drumlines and cheerleaders of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs and the North Carolina A&T State Aggies. For more information – plus with a full list of activities – go to CandoEvents.com. We will tailgating from 9 am until the game kicks off at 11:45 a.m.
What better way to get amped up for the 10th installment of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney? A good, old-fashioned Pep Rally, of course, which starts promptly at 10 am during the Heart & Soul Tailgate party in front of Bright House Networks Stadium. There will be 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 North Carolina A&T State’s “Blue and Gold Marching Machine” and Alabama A&M’s “Marching Maroon and White” to show attendees that the beat goes on even while players are off the field. Both bands will also perform after the game — for the 5th Quarter Battle of the Bands.