The XFL announced it will host its second annual HBCU Showcase at Clark Atlanta University on June 17th.
The XFL is a professional American football minor league consisting of eight teams located across the United States in mid-sized to major markets.
The event is the second showcase the XFL has held exclusively for HBCU players, having hosted a showcase at Jackson State University in the summer of 2022. 100 players from historically black colleges and universities played in the 2023 XFL season.
“When the XFL says it’s a ‘League of Opportunity,’ we mean it and you can see it in the actions we take to offer equal opportunities to players across the country,” said XFL Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, Doug Whaley. “This showcase at the historic Clark Atlanta University allows us to shine a spotlight on HBCU players and give them a chance to showcase their skills for our personnel evaluators.”
D.C. Defenders head coach Reggie Barlow, who coached at HBCUs, Alabama State University, and Virginia State University applauded the XFL’s efforts to increase HBCU representation within the league.
“Last year, the XFL did a great job of creating a distinct platform for players from HBCUs to showcase their talents in front of coaches from the League, giving them an equal opportunity to be seen and evaluated,” Barlow said in a press release. “I know firsthand the number of talented players that attend a historically Black school who aren’t able to continue their careers past the collegiate level. I’m humbled to be part of a League that gives players – and coaches – of all backgrounds an opportunity to continue their football careers.”
According to the XFL, information on additional showcases will be announced in the near future.
Registration for the XFL HBCU showcase is open now. Players can click here to register.