Our Mission

Promote education, economic development and diversity while
raising funds for scholarships and institutions of higher learning.

 

Benefiting our community

  • CFC provides $500,000 in financial support for scholarships and participating universities.
  • Revenue from CFC will fund a year-round career pathways and workforce development program for urban teens and young adults.
  • 4,000 youths will benefit from seeing a stadium and arena filled with accomplished African Americans who can serve as positive role models and mentors.
  • CFC is projected to create an economic impact of $15 million.
  • Economically challenged hotels and businesses will profit from thousands of visitors who will book rooms and spend money downtown.
  • African Americans can gain agency and social capital by delivering events that create a significant economic impact at a time when it is greatly needed.
  • The event will generate 3 news cycles (including national news) of positive images and messages that can brand Central Ohio and the sponsors that support CFC.
  • Central Ohio will be branded in the tristate region as a great place to visit, live and work.
  • Cutting across racial and socioeconomic groups, the community will come together in unity to experience an African American tradition.

Our Football Story

Classic For Columbus (CFC) is a weeklong celebration of educational, existential and cultural programs that complement a multicultural Jamboree Festival and football game showcasing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.). The inaugural CFC event was an overwhelming success despite COVID 19. Held in Ohio Stadium at The Ohio State University, the game attracted over 20,000 enthusiastic spectators. Hotels were filled and restaurant owners had their plates full. CFC raised over $350,000 for education initiatives across the state. Ohio’s Governor joined the Mayor of Columbus and a host of public officials and celebrities who participated in game-day festivities.

In early May of 2020, the CFC committee, comprised of leaders from fraternities, sororities, university black alumni chapters and service organizations held their first meeting to determine if the African American community in Ohio would support a HBCU football Classic in Central Ohio. Classics have a long history of attracting large numbers of visitors who fill up hotels and spend money at local businesses. Accordingly, the committee believed CFC could be part of Central Ohio’s post COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Shortly after that first meeting, the civil unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police highlighted the need for an event like CFC that brings the community together across race, religion, and political beliefs. The committee garnered support from African American organizations and, in sixty days, secured pledges for over 4,500/$45 football game tickets and pledges kept pouring in. That July, the committee voted to create an organization to operate the event and Classic For Columbus was incorporated as an Ohio-based nonprofit that would support a HBCU football Classic in 2021.

  • Classic For Columbus (CFC) will be a weeklong celebration of educational, existential, cultural and entertainment events that complement a rivalry football game showcasing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • The gridiron battle football game between Central State University and Kentucky State University will be played Saturday August 28 at the Ohio Stadium, located on the Ohio State University campus at 411 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210.
  • The inaugural CFC event is scheduled for August 25 – 29, 2021 in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
  • In early May of this year, the CFC committee, comprised of leaders from fraternities, sororities, collegiate black alumni chapters and service organizations held their first meeting to determine if the African American community in Central Ohio would support a HBCU football Classic in 2021.
  • Classics have a long history of attracting large numbers of visitors who fill up hotels and spend money at local businesses. Accordingly, the committee believes CFC can be part of Central Ohio’s post COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
  • Shortly after that first meeting, the civil unrest, sparked by the death of George Floyd, while in police custody, highlights the need for an event like CFC that can help bring the community together.
  • The committee garnered support from African American organizations and in sixty days, secured pledges for over 4,250/$45 football game tickets, with more pledges coming in monthly.
  • In July the committee voted to create an organization to operate the event and Classic For Columbus was incorporated as an Ohio nonprofit.,

Classic For Columbus (CFC) is a week of educational, career pathways and existential programs that complement a multicultural Jamboree Festival and football game showcasing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). CFC will be held in conjunction with the National Black Alumni Reunion conference where alumni chapters from PWIs and HBCUs come together for a week of chapter development seminars, social change training and networking. The inaugural CFC event is scheduled for August 25 – 29, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.

In early May of this year, the CFC committee, comprised of leaders from fraternities, sororities, university black alumni chapters and service organizations held their first meeting to determine if the African American community in Central Ohio would support a HBCU football Classic in 2021. Classics have a long history of attracting large numbers of visitors who fill up hotels and spend money at local businesses. Accordingly, the committee believes CFC can be part of Central Ohio’s post COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Shortly after that first meeting, the civil unrest, sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police highlights the need for an event like CFC that can help bring the community together.

The committee garnered support from African American organizations and in sixty days, secured pledges for over 4250 / $45 football game tickets with more pledges are coming in daily. In July the committee voted to create an organization to operate the event and  Classic For Columbus was incorporated as an Ohio-based nonprofit.

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