hill church The University of North Carolina and Florida A&M University will open the 2022 football season in Chapel Hill on Saturday, August 27, with events and activities planned for the weekend celebrating historically black colleges and universities. The HBCU Celebration Game was originally scheduled for September 17, but both schools have agreed to move the competition in order to highlight the proud history of the HBCU schools and their footballing achievements.
HBCU training greats Bill Hayes and Rod Broadway have been invited to be North Carolina Honorary Captains. Coach Hayes is a legend in the industry and especially among HBCU coaches. He spent 27 seasons as a head coach, won two national black soccer championships, and is the winning coach at both North Carolina A&T and Winston Salem. Coach Broadway also had a illustrious coaching career, serving as head coach at North Carolina Central, Grambling State and North Carolina A&T. He set a career record 125-45 and is the only coach to win a black soccer national championship at three different schools, and have five national titles overall. Broadway also spent two seasons coaching the defensive line in North Carolina and played in Tar Heels from 1974 to 1977, receiving ACC honors as a senior.
FAMU has also invited Rattler legend Rudy Hubbard to serve as its honorary captain. Hubbard, a member of the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame, served as FAMU’s head football coach from 1974 to 1985, and amassed a record 83-48-3. He led the Rattlers to two national black college football championships and an I-AA national title in 1978. Despite all of his accomplishments, Hubbard was inducted into the FAMU Hall of Fame in 1990.
In-game events will feature performances by UNC Marching Tar Heels and FAMU Marching “100”, who will come to Chapel Hill complete with their full squad, cheerleading squad and dance team. Both programs will work separately and then combined into one show that fans will not miss. There will also be a number of in-game tributes honoring the history and traditions of HBCU.
Over the weekend at HBCU Celebration Game, the UNU Hellenic National Council will hold a dedication to the NPHC Garden & Legacy Plaza, which is installed in the courtyard of the Academic Services Building for Students. Legacy Plaza will honor nine UNC NPHC fraternities and sororities and will include columns for each entity to display its motto, charter history, and motto.
Collaboration between the athletics departments, campus and city entities continues and programming around the party game will continue to grow in anticipation of what will be a special weekend on the University of North Carolina campus.
In addition to the celebration game, UNC replaced Liberty in its 2024 schedule with a game against Central NC University. Set to be played at Chapel Hill on Saturday, September 14 of that year, this game will serve as another opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of HBCU colleges and football programs.
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