By Patrice Nkrumah, Chicago Crusader By all means the city’s rival baseball teams’ fans are civil to one another except during the annual battle for the BP Cup, which goes to the winner of the regular season series. However things change if one team makes the playoffs and the other...
Youthful voices chanted, “Soccer, soccer, soccer,” in the Moraine Valley Community College Cyclone Center on Oct. 6, signaling the end of a scrimmage game played by the women’s soccer team and 19 Special Olympics athletes from eight elementary and junior high schools from Oak Park School District 97. With assistance...
Crusader staff report When the rain cleared, the battle began. When the sun went down, Central State University went with it in style while Clark Atlanta took home some hardware of its own. The 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic wrapped up another exciting year with a close game between two HBCU...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader It was one fine Saturday afternoon at Solider Field a year ago. Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” thumped as old friends and families tailgated under icy blue skies. On the Great Lawn, an epic battle was brewing. After the tubas and trumpets were polished and fine tuned,...
What’s in a name? Everything. For 18 years, the Chicago Football Classic has taken place in the fall, bringing the pageantry and majesty of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to Chicago. The purpose, to expose students from Chicago to the unique academic and athletic offerings that HBCUs have and...
Crusader staff report A pep rally at NBC. Several rounds of golf. Tailgate parties. A proclamation from the mayor’s office. They are among a string of events that are beefing up the week of the Chicago Football Classic as part of an effort to generate excitement and boost turnout for the...
By Andrea Smith Hey there Chicago sports fans—it’s time to get ready for some Football!! The 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic (CFC) is just a few weeks away, once again proudly presented this fall, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 by two of the city’s most community-focused corporate sponsors—BMO Harris Bank...

Golden Champions

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader While some smashed records, others made history. Some turned into overnight trailblazers by becoming the first Black in their sport to win a gold medal. As the games end, the celebrations begin in Black America. The 2016 Summer Olympics is over, but many across the nation...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader They’re back. Thousands of spectators who missed the South Shore Drill Team in the Bud Billiken Parade will see the group perform in the 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic between Central State University and Clark Atlanta University on September 10 at Soldier Field. The surprise announcement was...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The gold rush is on. On Wednesday, a trio of sistas from America executed a clean sweep in the 100-meter hurdles in Rio de Janeiro, stunning the world and doing something that has never been done before in Olympic history. At the finish line was Brianna...