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No Chicago Football Classic Game This Year, But Historically Black Colleges To Hold Week Of Online Events

From financial planning seminars to a virtual pep rally, Virtual HBCU Week aims to give students the Black college experience from the comfort of home.

Hampton University won the Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field Saturday.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — While the city did not get a Chicago Football Classic game this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one part of the popular weekend event is going virtual.

The inaugural Virtual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, which runs Oct. 20- 24, will offer five days of financial empowerment workshops, career counseling and an HBCU fair and pep rally.

All of the free events will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. Students can register on the Chicago Football Classic’s website.

Themed “HBCUs Matter,” the week kicks off Oct. 20 with a financial empowerment and literacy summit. The seminar will provide guidance from financial experts and college advisers for students, showing them how to save for college and be fiscally responsible.

Students will have an opportunity to weigh in on the topic of streamlining campus medical services like counseling and wellness programs during a Student Health seminar Oct. 21.

There will be a Career Fair Oct. 22 for young people seeking internships, post-graduation career opportunities and jobs for those who aren’t planning to attend a four-year institution.

Students and alumni missing the feel of a pep rally can attend Power 92’s virtual Pep Rally Oct. 23. They can relive past battles of the bands and rallies.

The week wraps up with a College Fair Oct. 24 where representatives from HBCUs across the country will be available to answer questions about admissions, campus life and scholarships.

“As a part of the virtual experience, students will also have a chance to win prizes and giveaways, laptops, iPads and Walmart gift cards,” said Larry Huggins, a co-founder of Chicago Football Classic.

Huggins said people can also buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. All proceeds will benefit the organization’s scholarship fund, which in August awarded $100,000 in scholarships to 20 Chicago-area students planning to attend HBCUs.

For additional information, go online or call 773-874-8000 x4025.

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