Courtesy of UNC Athletics
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina (UNC) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) will kick off the 2022 football season in Chapel Hill on Saturday, August 27 with events and activities planned around the weekend to celebrate historically black colleges and universities to celebrate. The HBCU Celebration Game was originally scheduled for September 17, but both schools agreed to bring the competition forward to highlight the proud history of the HBCU schools and their achievements in football.
HBCU coaching greats Bill Hayes and Rod Broadway have been invited to be honorary captains for the University of North Carolina. Coach Hayes is a legend in the industry and among HBCU coaches in particular. He spent 27 seasons as a head coach, won two national black football championships, and is the most successful coach at both North Carolina A&T and Winston-Salem State. Coach Broadway also had an illustrious coaching career, serving as head coaches at North Carolina Central, Grambling State and North Carolina A&T. He posted a career record of 125-45 and is the only coach to win a black football national championship at three different schools, winning five national titles in total. Broadway also spent two seasons as a defensive line coach at North Carolina, playing for the Tar Heels from 1974 to 1977, where he received All-ACC honors as a senior.
FAMU has also invited Rattler legend Rudy Hubbard as honorary captain. Hubbard, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2021, was FAMU’s head football coach from 1974 to 1985 and compiled an 83-48-3 record. He led the Rattlers to two black college football national championships and the I-AA national title in 1978. For all his accomplishments, Hubbard was inducted into the FAMU Hall of Fame in 1990.
The in-game events include performances by the UNC Marching Tar Heels and the FAMU Marching “100”, who will come to Chapel Hill complete with their full band, cheer squad and dance team. The two programs are both performed separately and then combined into one explosive halftime show that fans won’t want to miss. There will also be a number of in-game recognitions honoring the history and traditions of HBCUs.
During the HBCU Celebration Game weekend, UNC’s National Pan-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 pays homage to the nine UNC NPHC fraternities and sororities and includes pillars for each unit to showcase their crest, founding date and motto.
Collaboration between the two athletics departments, campus and city facilities is ongoing and the program around the Celebration Game will continue to grow in anticipation of a special weekend on the North Carolina campus.