Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose And Mark Aguirre Sponsoring Trip For 4000 Students to the Chicago Football Classic

The Chicago Football Elite Classic is an annual event that showcases the great opportunities available for students at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges).

This will be the 22nd year in a row that the event takes place and the goal this year is to take 15,000 students to the Hampton vs Howard University game that will take place at Soldier Field on September 14 at 3 pm. 

This is not the first time that the Chicago Elite Football Classic will showcase the quality of HBCUs in athletics and academics. Alderman Michael Scott Jr. of the 24th ward is a product of a Historically Black College who graduated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. During an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, he talked about not being sure if he wanted to attend an HBCU until his father took him took the Chicago Football Elite Classic. He explained:

“To see the quality of the game that was here, to see all of the people and resources that this game put on, it changed my mind.”

Everett Rand is the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund co-founder and he feels that this event, as well as the fair that showcases the best HBCUs, does a great job encouraging students to check out what the schools have to offer while also inspiring them to attain their goals. He said:

“They need a chance to show themselves that they can do better than they’re doing. It’s a chance for our kids to not just hold the ladder of success and let others climb it, it’s their turn to climb it.”

It has been reported that Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood, and former Detroit Pistons forward and NBA Champion Mark Aguirre will personally pay for the transportation costs for a number of pre-selected students. This will help many students take a loot at the place where they will possibly continue their education.