Lowcountry Classic II Weekend is an “Event with a Purpose”

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Proceeds to benefit need-based scholarships for SC State students

Lowcountry Classic II Weekend, Nov. 16-17ORANGEBURG –
SC State brings a longtime black college football rivalry, as well as a weekend of events with a “purpose” to Charleston, S.C., for the second annual Lowcountry Classic, Nov. 16-17.

The signature event of the Lowcountry Classic II is a football game between the Bulldogs of SC State University and the Aggies of N.C. A&T State University on Saturday, Nov. 17, at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

However, the football game and other activities are not what makes this weekend an “Event with a Purpose.”

The game and surrounding festivities are designed to raise funds for need-based scholarships at SC State, and organizers hope this year’s classic will bring in more than $250,000.

“We’ve already raised more than $155,000,” said Lowcountry Classic II Chairman Maurice Washington, who also serves as chairman of SC State’s Board of Trustees. “We’ve set a goal of $1 million in five years, but aspire to reach it in three.”

“It’s important to us that we ensure that every student, no matter what their socio-economic status, has the opportunity to pursue an education at SC State,” he added.

In addition to the football game, other events surround the classic. Events for Friday, Nov. 16, include a Celebrity Golf Tournament, Chairman’s Reception and Silent Auction, HBCU Seafood Jam and a Step Extravaganza.

The Celebrity Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Charleston Chapter of the SC State University National Alumni Association (SCSUNAA), will begin at 10 a.m. at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course, 2110 Maybank Highway, Charleston, SC 29412. Tournament registration will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. For additional information, contact Melvin Williams at (843) 270-6235.

The Lowcountry Classic II Chairman’s Reception and Silent Auction will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the ballroom of the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403. The reception will feature musical performances by legendary jazz musician Gerald Albright and a special appearance by actor/director Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

The HBCU Seafood Jam, sponsored by the Charleston Chapter of the SCSUNAA, will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Charleston Yacht Club, 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401. Tickets are $25. To obtain tickets, contact Tim Taylor at timothytaylor18@bellsouth.net.

The Step Extravaganza, hosted by comedian and national radio personality Rudy Rush, will begin at 8 p.m. at The Citadel’s McAllister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. The step show will feature teams from nine historically black fraternities and sororities, local high schools, and musical performances from Cupid and DJ Unk. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance through the Lowcountry Classic Web site and $20 at the door.

Events for Saturday, Nov. 17, include a President’s Fitness Walk, College Recruitment Fair, Chairman’s “Great Tailgate” and, of course, the Lowcountry Classic II Football Game.

The President’s Fitness Walk, part of SC State President Andrew Hugine’s Health Initiative, will begin at 7 a.m. in Riverfront Park.

A College Recruitment Fair will be held between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Burke High School Auditorium, 244 President Street, Charleston, SC 29403. The college recruitment fair will offer on-the-spot admissions and scholarships. High School Seniors are encouraged to bring their official or unofficial high school transcripts and national examination scores to take full advantage of these opportunities. The event will also feature the Coca-Cola Family Festival in the school courtyard. The college fair is sponsored by SC State’s Office of Admissions, Recruitment and Scholarships and the Charleston Chapter of the SCSUNAA. For additional information, contact SC State’s admissions office at (803) 536-7186 or (800) 260-5956.

The Chairman’s “Great Tailgate” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Johnson Hagood Stadium parking lot, Congress and Hagood Streets, Charleston, S.C.

The Lowcountry Classic II Football Game, featuring the SC State Bulldogs versus the N.C. A&T Aggies, will be held at 1 p.m. in the Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Information on all Lowcountry Classic II events, tickets, tailgating and accommodations is available on-line at www.thelowcountryclassic.com.

The Lowcountry Classic debuted in Charleston in 2006, while SC State completed upgrades to the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. The first classic proved to be successful enough to prompt classic organizers to make the Charleston-based game an annual event.

“It’s a perfect fit [for Charleston],” said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. “The thought of it being an annual event makes it even more thrilling and even more worthwhile.”

“Charleston is a wonderful and supportive community,” said Washington. “It supports good causes. If you have a cause that is worthy of its support, this community never fails to rally behind it and that is exactly what has happened with the Lowcountry Classic.”