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Put on Those Football Jerseys: AT&T Sponsorship Brings Unique Experience to HBCU Fans

DALLAS, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- September marks the return of the football season and AT&T is bringing all the excitement and fun of the HBCU football season to consumers through its title sponsorship of the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ and its exclusive communications services sponsorship of the HBCU Tailgate Tour, featuring Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley. AT&T's support of the Nation's Football Classic and HBCU Tailgate Tour will celebrate and showcase the rich heritage, traditions and rivalries between HBCUs.

"We are excited to celebrate this upcoming HBCU football season with our consumers and want to provide them with a great football experience," said Jennifer Jones, vice president, AT&T Diverse Markets. "We want our consumers to know that we are committed to empowering the communities we serve through our commitment to diversity and education."

As part of activating the Nation's Football Classic and the HBCU Tailgate Tour sponsorships, AT&T will host various events for fans to join in on the celebration before and after the games. These activities include a digital lounge with prize giveaways, games, step shows, karaoke competitions and much more.

Here is a preview of some of the activities AT&T will host this HBCU football season:

AT&T Nation's Football Classic

The inaugural game featuring the highly anticipated matchup between Morehouse College and Howard University will be held on Sept. 10 at Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium in Washington, D.C. There are also events scheduled around the game for consumers to enjoy. Events surrounding the football classic include:


AT&T Kickoff Rally hosted by Radio Personality Big Tigger



Featuring host Big Tigger, A-list celebrities and the respective schools, fans can participate in the free pregame event on Sept. 9 at noon in the downtown Washington, D.C. area where they can engage in fun contests and watch Greek step show performances, drumline and cheer performances.  



Sound Stage and Lounge events at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds



Fitted with a celebrity DJ spinning the latest tunes, fans will get a chance to view special performances, play games and compete for prizes. At the lounge, fans will be able to recharge their devices, relax, and get hands-on with some of AT&T's latest products. Both events take place on Sept. 10 at RFK Stadium during the Pepsi Max Fan Festival.  






AT&T HBCU Tailgate Tour featuring Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley

The Russ Parr Morning Show and Rickey Smiley Morning Show are set to host the official tailgate parties for a series of HBCU football classic games and homecoming events that reach audiences of up to 60,000. The tour will stop in eight different markets – Birmingham, Ala.; Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis; Durham, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va. – and provide fans with the opportunity to participate in karaoke competitions, Greek step show performances, cookout contests, and more. The tour runs from Sept. 1-Nov. 30.

The games schedule for the HBCU Tailgate Tour can be found below, or by visiting att.com/thebridge.

2011 AT&T HBCU Tailgate Tour Lineup





Sept. 24, 2011

Atlanta Football Classic



Florida A&M vs. Southern University





Oct. 1, 2011

Circle City Classic



Kentucky State vs. Albany State University





Oct. 8, 2011

Virginia Union Homecoming


Richmond, Va.

Virginia Union University vs. Elizabeth City State





Oct. 15, 2011

Central State's Homecoming


Dayton, Ohio

Central State vs. Southwest Baptist





Oct. 22, 2011

Howard Homecoming


Washington, D.C.

Howard University vs. North Carolina A&T University





Oct. 29, 2011

Magic City Classic


Birmingham, Ala.

Alabama A&M University vs. Alabama State University





Oct. 29, 2011

North Carolina Central's Homecoming


Durham, N.C.

North Carolina Central vs. Bethune Cookman University





Nov. 19, 2011

Florida Classic


Orlando, Fla.

Bethune Cookman University vs. Florida A&M University









Additional details of the AT&T Nation's Football Classic, HBCU sponsorships and other news, schedule of events by region, and product offerings can be found at att.com/thebridge.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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About the AT&T Nation's Football Classic

The AT&T Nation's Football Classic is a black college football game held annually at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. This year, the game features Howard University against Morehouse College. Organized by Events DC, the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities, highlight the unity of African American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions. Tickets for the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, the Howard University Box Office at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore. Seats are priced at $15, $25, $40, $50 and $60.