Carolina will celebrate HBCUs around the FAMU game, adds NC Central to the ’24 program

HILL OF THE CHAPEL – The University of North Carolina and Florida A&M University will open the 2022 football season in Chapel Hill on Saturday, August 27 with events and activities planned over the weekend to celebrate historically black colleges and universities. The HBCU Celebration Game was originally scheduled to take place on September 17th, but both schools have decided to anticipate the competition to put the spotlight on the proud history of the HBCU schools and their footballing achievements.

HBCU great coaches Bill Hayes and Rod Broadway have been invited to be honorary captains for North Carolina. Coach Hayes is a legend in the industry and particularly among HBCU coaches. He has spent 27 seasons as head coach, has won two national black football championships and is the most successful manager of both North Carolina A&T and Winston-Salem state. The Broadway coach also had a distinguished coaching career, serving as head coach at North Carolina Central, Grambling State and North Carolina A&T. He has a career record of 125-45 and is the only manager to win a national black football championship in three different schools, claiming five national titles in total. Broadway also spent two seasons coaching the North Carolina defensive line and played for the Tar Heels from 1974 to 1977, earning All-ACC honors as a senior.

FAMU also invited Rattler legend Rudy Hubbard to serve as its honorary captain. Entering the College Football Hall of Fame in 2021, Hubbard served as head coach of the FAMU from 1974 to 1985, compiling a record of 83-48-3. He led the Rattlers to two national black college football championships and the I-AA national title in 1978. For all of his accomplishments, Hubbard was inducted into the FAMU Hall of Fame in 1990.

In-game events will include performances by the UNC Marching Tar Heels and the FAMU Marching “100”, who will come to Chapel Hill with their full band, cheering team and dance team. The two programs will both perform separately and then come together for an explosive half-time show that fans won’t want to miss. There will also be a number of in-game awards honoring the history and traditions of the HBCUs.

During the HBCU Celebration Game weekend, UNC’s National Panel-Hellenic Council will hold a dedication for the NPHC Garden & Legacy Plaza, which will be installed in the courtyard of the Student Academic Services building. The Legacy Plaza will pay tribute to the nine UNC NPHC fraternities and fraternities and will include columns for each entity to display their coat of arms, date of incorporation and motto.

Collaboration between the athletics departments, campus and city entities is ongoing, and programming around the Celebration Game will continue to grow in anticipation of what will be a special weekend on the North Carolina campus.

In addition to the Celebration Game, the UNC replaced Liberty in its 2024 schedule with a match against NC Central University. That match is expected to be played in Chapel Hill on Saturday, September 14 of that year and will serve as another opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the HBCUs and their football programs.

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