MEAC & SWAC to Play in Newly Created Celebration Bowl

MEAC & SWAC to Play in Newly Created Celebration Bowl
MEAC
& SWAC to Play in Newly Created Celebration Bowl Following 2015 Season

Conference Champions will meet at Georgia Dome in Atlanta

The

Mid-Eastern

Athletic

Conference

(MEAC)

and

the

Southwestern

Athletic

Conference

(SWAC)

will

meet

in

the

on

Dec.

19,

2015,

pitting

the

conference

champion

from

these

two

Historically

Black

Colleges

and

Universities

(HBCU).

The

game

will

be

played

at

the

Georgia

Dome

in

Atlanta,

on

an

ESPN

network.

The

Celebration

Bowl

is

committed

to

providing

the

champions

of

the

Mid-

Eastern

Athletic

Conference

and

the

Southwestern

Athletic

Conference,

and

their

alumni,

fans

and

sponsors

a

first-class

bowl

experience

while

continuing

to

celebrate

the

legacy,

values

and

traditions

of

Historically

Black

Colleges

and

Universities.

Events

surrounding

the

game

will

include

a

kickoff

luncheon,

VIP

event,

community

outreach

and

family

events.

ESPN

Events,

a

subsidiary

of

ESPN,

also

owns

and

operates

the

which

is played

annually

over

Labor

Day

weekend.

ESPN

SportsCenter

anchor

Jay

Harris

plays

a

significant

role

in

the

weekend's

events,

and

was

emcee

at

the

announcement

of

the

Celebration

Bowl.

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additional

information,

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Quotes from Key Stakeholders

“It

gives

me

great

pleasure

to

announce

that

this

bowl

game

is

a

reality.

It's

a

testament

to

the

collaborative

spirit

of

both

the

MEAC

and

SWAC

and

their

respective

commissioners

that

the

Celebration

Bowl

will

take

place.

This

game

will

give

a

platform

to

these

student

athletes

to

showcase

their

talents,

their

bands

and

their

traditions.

The

Georgia

Dome

is

the

perfect

venue

for

the

Celebration

Bowl

and

we

hope

that

fans

across

the

country

will

take

advantage

of

this

experience.”

Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President, ESPN Events

"As

part

of

the

conference's

continued

efforts

in

branding

and

increasing

its

exposure

on

a

national

platform,

I

am

elated

that

champions

from

the

MEAC

and

the

SWAC

will

compete

in

a

bowl

game,

during

the

most

exciting

time

of

the

year

for

collegiate

football.

Our

continued

partnership

with

ESPN

will

give

our

coaches,

student-athletes

and

fans

an

opportunity

to

participate

in

an

exciting

bowl

game,

on

a

national

stage,

which

will

showcase

their

institutions

and

talented

football

programs.

Adding

a

national

television

opportunity

for

our

champion,

during

this

time

of

year,

only

furthers

our

branding

and

marketability.”

Dennis Thomas, MEAC Commissioner

“This

is

a

great

opportunity

for

our

schools

and

student-athletes

to

compete

on

a

national

stage

and

showcase

the

talent

that

exists

within

HBCUs.

And

to

have

it

during

bowl

season,

the

most

exciting

time

in

college

football,

is

a

bonus.”

Duer Sharp, SWAC Commissioner

"We

are

excited

to

work

with

ESPN

to

begin

a

new

tradition

of

celebrating

the

best

in

Historically

Black

College

and

Universities

football

while

continuing

our

commitment

to

the

countless

students,

parents

and

community

members

who

we

serve

daily.

Our

organization

has

the

recipe

for

creating

the

right

kind

of

change

in

the

African

American

community,

and

ESPN

certainly

has

the

recipe

for

delivering

the

best

college

football

experience.

Our

relationship

with

ESPN

will

help

us

continue

our

longstanding

tradition

of

uplifting

the

African

American

community.”

John Grant, Chief Executive Officer, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.


“We're

honored

and

excited

to

be

involved

in

the

inaugural

Celebration

Bowl

which

will

feature

the

champions

of

the

Mid-Eastern

Athletic

Conference

(MEAC)

and

the

champions

of

the

Southwestern

Athletic

Conference

(SWAC).

The

Falcons

have

long

been

strong

advocates

for

historically

black

college

football

with

our

close

partnership

with

the

Black

College

Football

Hall

of

Fame

enshrinement

dinner

each

year.

We

are

pleased

to

partner

with

ESPN

and

the

Georgia

Dome

to

provide

game

day

services

and

promotional

support

in

order

to

help

make

Atlanta

the

long

term

home

for

this

game.”

Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons President and CEO

ESPN Events

a

subsidiary

of

ESPN,

owns

and

operates

a

large

portfolio

of

collegiate

sporting

events

worldwide.

The

roster

includes

three

Labor

Day

weekend

college

football

games;

12

college

bowl

games;

10

college

basketball

events

and

two

college

award

shows,

which

accounts

for

approximately

250-plus

hours

of

programming,

reaches

almost

64

million

viewers

and

attracts

over

700,000

attendees

each

year.

With

satellite

offices

in

Boca

Raton,

Boise,

Birmingham,

Dallas-Fort

Worth,

Albuquerque,

St.

Petersburg

and

Las

Vegas,

ESPN

Events

builds

relationships

with

conferences,

schools

and

local

communities,

as

well

as

providing

unique

experiences

for

teams

and

fans.

ESPN

Events

also

manages

the

Big

12

Corporate

Partner

Program.