Two of the nations most prominent historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Howard University and Morehouse College, will face off in a competitive game of football and collaborate to promote community empowerment especially focused on Black male achievement. The match up will take place during, what officials are calling “D.C.’s newest sport tradition,” the Nation’s Football Classic™ to be held at RFK Stadium on Sept. 10.

The weekend will include HBCU Empower Me Tour to the Washington Convention Center  including workshops, panel discussions, live entertainment and interactive exhibits focused on college readiness, health and wellness, career readiness and financial education for middle school, high school and college students. Other events include a step show and Fan Festival. Howard University will also host several events to mark the kickoff of this annual event.

“The contributions of Howard University and Morehouse College to our nation’s higher education landscape are diverse and unique,” said Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau.

This Nation’s Football Classic provides an opportunity for us to renew our football competition in the Nation’s Capital, and continue our collaboration about strategizes to address pressing issues affecting our communities. We look forward to an exciting game between the Bison and the Tigers.”

The Classic is sponsored by the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
UNCF is excited about partnering with WCSA to bring this weekend of fun and information to Washington, D.C.,” said Michael L. Lomax, PhD., UNCF president and CEO. “The UNCF HBCU Empower Me Tour communicates to students the importance of college and career readiness, as well as service to communities and the country, which is a long tradition and critical component of an HBCU education. UNCF is committed to helping ensure that every child gets a good education from pre-school thru college, empowering them to become the next generation of college-educated professionals, good citizens and effective leaders.”

Tickets for the inaugural Nation’s Football Classic™ are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, and the Howard University box office. Seats are priced from $25 to $60. Additional information on tickets and the Classic can be found on the Classic’s website,