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Lincoln (PA) vs. Kentucky State Football Classic and Events

In its inaugural year, the Gary Football Classic (GFC) is a matchup featuring Lincoln (PA) and Kentucky State Universities, as they meet on the gridiron in a new interconference rivalry. The Gary Football Classic will be showcased at West Side Leadership Academy Stadium, on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Now the Lions and Thoroughbreds get to write another chapter in the legendary CIAA/SIAC showdown between the interconference rivals.

This event is organized by BCSG 360 and supported by the City of Gary, Lake County, Gary Community School Corporation and more.

This one game winner-take-all is more than a bragging right, its special for players, coaches and the thousands of fans expected to attend. This game will shape up standings in the Black College Football polls while showcasing possibly the CIAA/SIAC champions, and even the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Playoff.

The media is invited to cover the game as well as accompanying community events listed below. For live shots and appearances on newscasts and specialty shows or interview availability, please arrange in advance with the Media Relations Director. For GFC media credentials please provide name, email, media affiliation and phone number to the media relations contact listed above.

Additional Events

Gary Football Classic Press Conference, West Side Leadership Academy – March 14, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m. The media is invited to a special announcement by the Honorable Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson as the Inaugural Gary Football Classic comes to Gary. Athletic Directors and Head Football Coaches from Kentucky State and Lincoln Universities will discuss the interconference rivalry matchup.

Gary Football Classic Worship Service, TBD – September 15, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

Proclamations, City Hall – September 17, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

Media Day Luncheon, TBD – September 19, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

Kick-off Reception, TBD – September 19, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

Golf Classic, TBD – September 20, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

The HBCU Experience, West Side Leadership Academy – September 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about, be admitted onsite and receive scholarship awards to an HBCU. More than 25 HBCUs will be represented with the intent of recruiting Gary’s best and brightest students.

Battle of the Bands, West Side Leadership Academy – September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

The staple of Black College Football is the marching band. Before Kentucky State and Lincoln face-off on the gridiron the bands from both schools will settle the score of who has the best band in the land. This showcase of music performance and precision drill is must see.

Comedy Show, TBD – September 20, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

Parade, TBD – September 21, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.

Vendor Village & Tailgate Town, West Side Leadership Academy – September 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Fans can show their team spirit and purchase food and products before, during and after the Gary Football Classic. Wear your team colors, invite your fraternity or sorority and bring your lawn chairs. Reserve space for a view of the field that is unrivaled and kick things off in what some call the best part of the game…tailgating!

Fan Fest, West Side Leadership Academy – September 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Visit a variety of vendors during this festival. Whether you’re receiving marketing material or participating in fun activities and games, you don’t want to miss this fan fest where there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Stomp-a-thon, West Side Leadership Academy – September 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

A Black College Step Show is definitely the way to close out the Gary Football Classic Weekend. Representatives of the “Divine Nine” from college campuses across the country will battle like there is no tomorrow in hopes of claiming the crown of the Stomp-a-thon Champion.

Concert & Victory Dance, TBD – September 21, 2019

Upon finalizing all details an announcement will be made to the public.GARY FOOTBALL CLASSIC

Lincoln (PA) vs. Kentucky State Football Classic & Events

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