Bowie, Md. – Bowie State University (BSU) of the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) and Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) have introduced a singular collaboration of widespread floor that may spotlight the historical past and expertise of Traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs). The 2 NCAA Division II packages are scheduled to compete in a soccer recreation at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at SVSU’s Wickes Stadium.
Based in 1865 in Maryland, Bowie State is among the authentic HBCUs in the US and the oldest within the state of Maryland. It’ll mix with SVSU to supply a number of academic and cultural occasions within the days main as much as the Saturday soccer recreation, together with appearances at SVSU by Bowie State’s famend Symphony of Soul marching band, and joint packages hosted by school of each establishments. SVSU is the youngest public college in Michigan, based in 1963.
“Whereas our athletic groups and people of different HBCUs typically compete towards non-HBCUs in numerous sports activities, the expertise is commonly restricted to the athletic contest,” mentioned Clyde Doughty, Jr. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation at Bowie State. “This partnership between Bowie State and SVSU offers extraordinary studying alternatives for representatives of each colleges and their communities. I’m not conscious of any related ventures which have ever been undertaken.”
On Thursday, Sept. 8, there will probably be a displaying of the movie, “Inform Them We Come up,” adopted by a panel dialogue. Some conventional HBCU social actions, together with a “step present,” will probably be among the many pre-game occasions at SVSU on Friday, Sept. 9.
“The SVSU group and the encircling group have a proud custom of supporting numerous cultures, together with on-campus occasions corresponding to our Intercultural Evening, participation within the MLK Unity March, Nice Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration and extra,” mentioned John Decker, director of athletics at SVSU. “Michigan is residence to only one small HBCU (Pensole Lewis School of Enterprise & Design) that just lately resumed operation, so for a lot of of our college students, school and employees, this will probably be a singular alternative to be taught extra about these extraordinary establishments and their necessary position in American larger training.”
Bowie State completed 2021 ranked No. 6 within the nation for NCAA Division II soccer; the Bulldogs hosted SVSU for a soccer contest final season.
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