Are you geared up? Surely hope so, because the Black College Football Hall of Fame is hosting the biggest HBCU Career Fair in the region between February 17 & 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Not only will there be the HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair, but to top it off, following the Career Fair will be the HBCU Legacy Bowl. The HBCU Legacy Bowl is a postseason all-star game that platforms the best NFL-draft eligible football players from historically Black colleges and universities. The game begins on the Saturday after Super Bowl LVI (February 2022) at Tulane University's Yulman Stadium, broadcasting live on the NFL Network.
"The HBCU Legacy Bowl means opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches," Co-Founder and Inductee Doug Williams said in a press release. "We're excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month."
The special occasion is not just another football game, but the week-long celebration of Black culture and history will provide valuable exposure for HBCU students, football players, and coaches. Approximately 100 of the top HBCU players are invited to participate. See the list here.
Local businesses are urged to join the Career Fair. Admission is free to the public and will include illuminating panels by special guests and partners. The deadline to join the list of local employers is January 31st and applications can be made here. The New Orleans Saints, Adidas, Cisco, Coca-Cola, and The NFL Network are only a few of the businesses participating.
"HBCUs are a bridge to equality," Co-Founder and Inductee James "Shack" Harris said in a press release. "We thank the NFL and our partners for their support and in sharing our commitment to lifting up others."
HBCU Legacy Bowl founding partners contain the National Football League, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Tulane University.
Established in October 2009, The Black College Football Hall of Fame was started by Black innovators and quarterbacks Pro Bowl MVP James "Shack" Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the best football players, coaches, and contributors from historically Black colleges and universities. Since its inception, there have been 90 inductees, such as Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell, and Doug Williams, who also serve as trustees. The organization collaborates with the NFL on the annual Quarterback Coaching Summit and has given more than $300,000 in scholarships and HBCU football program grants since inception. Its everlasting home is located at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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