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More football is coming to Yankee Stadium that will again be the site of a classic matchup as Hampton University will oppose Morgan State University Nov. 17 in the Bronx. The two-year agreement calls for the two schools to play at the Stadium in 2013 as well.
The original Yankee Stadium was the site of what became known as the annual New York Urban League Football Classic from 1968-73 and again from 1976-87. Morgan State played 11 times in the game, going 1-10 against Grambling and head coach Eddie Robinson each time. It will mark Hampton’s first football game at the Stadium, original or current.
“It’s wonderful that the New York Urban League Football Classic can once again call Yankee Stadium its home,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “As everyone knows, college football was a passion of my father’s, as was providing opportunities for future generations. The return of this rich tradition showcases both of those tenets, and our organization couldn’t be prouder to be hosting the NYUL Football Classic this fall.”
Now in its fourth year of existence, the current Yankee Stadium has already been the site to elite college football games: the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the 50th all-time matchup between Notre Dame and Army in 2010 and Army vs. Rutgers in 2011. The home of the Yankees will be the site of Army vs. Boston College in November 2014. Additionally, the Public School Athletic League Football Championship Game has been held at the Stadium in each of the past two years.
Since its inception, proceeds from the New York Urban League Football Classic have helped to leverage more than $20 million in Whitney M. Young, Jr. Educational Scholarships to nearly 4,000 college-bound students.
Whitney M. Young, Jr., after whom the scholarship was named, was president of the National Urban League. His distinguished career was marked by his effectiveness in bringing the business community into full participation in the struggle for civil rights. Young focused on gaining equality for black people in business and politics, along with improving opportunities for the urban poor. The New York Urban League continues the mission to enable African-Americans and other under-served communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of civil rights through programs, services and advocacy in a highly diversified city.
The original Stadium had a long association with numerous college and professional football classics. It served as home of the old New York Yankees football team and the New York Giants as well as the secondary football home for New York University from 1923-48.
As one of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the original Stadium was also home to scores of other sports, entertainment and cultural events, including boxing, pro football, soccer, political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions, concerts, NYU commencement and the circus.
The Yankees concluded HOPE Week 2012 Friday by celebrating the Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP) and the group’s founders, the Woytovich family. The Yankees’ contingent that surprised the CAP kids at a picnic at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx featured manager Joe Girardi; pitchers Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova, Rafael Soriano and Cory Wade; outfielders Andruw Jones and DeWayne Wise; third baseman Alex Rodriguez; bullpen coach Mike Harkey; former Yankees players Darryl Strawberry and David Wells; former Rutgers football player and HOPE Week ambassador Eric LeGrand and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
Events included face- and head-painting, a scavenger hunt, lunch and games. After the picnic, CAP kids and their families were invited to the Stadium for the game against the White Sox. The Woytovich family and the children of CAP watched batting practice from the field and were part of pregame on-field ceremonies. Madison and Jeff threw out the ceremonial first pitches.
In October 2003, while Betsy Woytovich was undoing the braids of her 5-year-old daughter Madison, hair began coming out in clumps. A doctor confirmed that Madison had alopecia, an auto-immune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere in varying degrees, a condition that affects approximately four million Americans.
Madison’s father, Jeff, searched for a support network, but learned that there was no organization that focused on children with alopecia. Betsy and Jeff wanted to make sure that Madison and children like her maintained their confidence and self-esteem heading into their teenage years. So in August 2004, they created the Children’s Alopecia Project which focuses on three goals: to build self-esteem, provide support and raise awareness.
There are now 15 CAP Kids Support Groups around the country working with families from 30 states. Additionally, there are associated groups in Hong Kong, Canada, South America and Russia. More than 1,000 families are registered members of CAP, while at least 10,000 families have received information or been counseled by members of CAP.
The Yankee Stadium College Football Series ticket package for the games Nov. 12 between Army and Rutgers and Dec. 30 between teams yet to be determined in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl go on sale at 1 p.m. Tuesday at http://www.yankees.com/football and http://www.pinstripebowl.com.
Packages are priced as low as $55 apiece.
The Nov. 12 game will be Army’s second at the current Yankee Stadium. West Point played in the inaugural college football game Nov. 20, 2010 and lost to Notre Dame, 27-3, in the 50th all-time meeting between the schools. Army played 38 times at the original Stadium and compiled a record of 14 victories, 19 losses and 5 ties.
Rutgers will return to the home of the Yankees for the first time since 1948. The Scarlet Knights played nine times at the original Stadium – all against New York University – and had a 1-7-1 record. The schools played annually from 1926-33 and again in 1948.
Army and Rutgers have played each other 37 times, with Rutgers holding a 19-18 edge in the all-time series.
This year marks the second annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which pits teams from the Big East and Big 12 conferences. In the inaugural game Dec. 30, 2010, Syracuse defeated Kansas State, 36-34.
College football will return to Yankee Stadium Saturday, Nov. 12, when the Black Knights of Army and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers will oppose each other for the 38th time in their history. The kickoff is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. for the game that will be televised by CBS.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public Thursday, June 23, at http://www.yankees.com/football and http://www.pinstripebowl.com. Special ticket packages will be available to season ticket holders from Army (www.goarmysports.com) and Rutgers (www.scarletknights.com).
It will be Army’s second game at the current Yankee Stadium. West Point played in the new Stadium’s first college football game Nov. 20, 2010 in a 27-3 loss to Notre Dame in the 50th meeting between the universities.
Army played 38 times at the original Stadium and had a combined record of 14-19-5 against Air Force (1959), Columbia (1936), Illinois (1930, ‘47), Michigan (1945, ‘50), Navy (1930-31), Notre Dame (1925-29, ‘31-46, ‘69), Oklahoma (1961), Pittsburgh (1962), Princeton (1942), Southern California (1951), Stanford (1928, ‘48) and Syracuse (1960, ‘64).
Rutgers will return to the home of the Yankees for the first time since 1948. The Scarlet Knights played nine times at the original Yankee Stadium, all against New York University, and were 1-7-1. NYU and Rutgers played annually from 1926-33 and then resumed the rivalry for one year in 1948. Rutgers holds a 19-18 edge in its all-time series against Army.