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Alabama A&M's John Stallworth and Betty Austin to be Honored at Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Reception

ThreeNotable NFL Hall of Famers Headline Honorees at Annual MEAC/SWAC ChallengeLegends Reception

The class offive honorees – headlined by three former NFL standouts – will be recognized atthe sixth annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Reception at Disney's ContemporaryResort, near Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. ET. The eveningwill honor National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famers Elvin Bethea (North CarolinaA&T State University); Harry Carson (South CarolinaState University); and John Stallworth (AlabamaA&M University); as well as sports media relations veteran Bill Hamilton (South CarolinaState) and former athletic director and longtime volleyball coach Betty Austin(Alabama A&M University).

Established in 2009, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Award pays tribute to thoseindividuals whose achievements have impacted Historically Black Colleges andUniversities (HBCU). Each honoree will receive an HBCU Trailblazer Award inrecognition of the impact made in his or her respective career, community oralma mater. ESPN sportscaster Jay Harris will host the evening's festivities.

"The weekendsurrounding the MEAC/SWAC Challenge provides an opportunity to annuallyrecognize alumni from HBCU institutions who have made wonderful and significantcontributions to their schools and communities," said Pete Derzis, senior vicepresident and general manager, ESPN Events.

"Our 10th anniversary is obviously special, and we're so pleased towelcome an outstanding class of Legends and celebrate their many contributionsand highlight how each journey was launched at an HBCU school."

Tickets tothe MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends Reception are available for $75 at

The LegendsReception will precede the 10th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presentedby Disney featuring the NorthCarolina A&T State University Aggies of the Mid-EasternAthletic Conference (MEAC) and the AlabamaA&M University Bulldogs of the Southwestern AthleticConference (SWAC). The game will be played Sunday, Aug. 31 at 11:45 a.m. ET,and televised on ESPN. This year's matchup will be played at Bright HouseNetworks Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida, while theFlorida Citrus Bowl Stadium undergoes renovations. The game is owned andoperated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.

Eachyear, the game pits a MEAC team against a SWAC opponent at a neutral sitelocated within the footprint of one of the conferences. Several additionalevents will take place around the game, including a high school career panel,pep rally and the halftime Battle of the Bands.

Tickets to theMEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney can be purchased through Ticketmaster online, by calling800-745-3000 or by logging on to

Formore information about the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, or to join the event'sfollowing on Facebook and Twitter, please visit the event's official Web siteat or at

The2014 Legends Class

Betty Austin(Representing Alabama A&M University)
Elvin Bethea (Representing: NorthCarolina A&T State University)
Harry Carson (Representing:South Carolina State University)
Bill Hamilton (Representing:South Carolina State University)
John Stallworth (Representing:Alabama A&M University)

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a subsidiary ofESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting eventsworldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts forapproximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers andattracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices inBoca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth,Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events buildsrelationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well asproviding unique experiences for teams and fans.


ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 CorporatePartner Program.


Collegiate Football
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth);Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth);MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); RaycomMedia Camellia Bowl(Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple LasVegas Bowl(Nevada);  St. PetersburgBowl(Florida) and The Home DepotCollege Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.)


Collegiate Basketball

Armed Forces Classic (US Air StationBorinquen, PR); Gildan CharlestonClassic(South Carolina); Hawaiian AirlinesDiamond Head Classic (Honolulu);Wooden Legacy (Orange County,Calif.); Jimmy V Men's & Women's BasketballClassics(New York City & South Bend, Ind.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney WorldResort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR) and State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis)


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