Friends, supporters and fans of Howard University athletics will have much to celebrate on Friday, Oct. 2, during the annual Bison Express Homecoming Reception.
Last year, women’s soccer won the SWAC championship and women’s volleyball reached the MEAC final. The Bison Express Hall of Fame enshrined 22 individuals and five championship teams. A new academic center and Division I weight room were built, the result of a collaboration between Bison Express and the athletic department.
Bison Express spearheaded a corporate partnership with Monumental Sports – owner of the Washington Wizards, Mystics and Capitals – leading to five internships for students in Howard’s sports management program. In addition, Bison Express helped the swimming team train in Florida, the cheerleading team get new uniforms and the volleyball team get new game management software.
Those athletes and accomplishments will be recognized at the reception, held at Burr Gymnasium from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Attendees also will have a chance to meet Howard’s new athletic director, Kery Davis, and tour the new academic center and weight room.
In an effort to better support Howard’s student-athletes and coaches, Bison Express will hold a membership drive at the reception. Needs grow each year and require an increase in membership and financials gifts. The support of faithful members has been appreciated over the years and Bison Express wants to be of greater assistance to the department.
“In the coming academic year, several teams are set to improve,” chairman Bruce Williams said. “However, they need our support. They not only require our support in the stands, but they must have our monetary assistance as well.
“Please visit our website at bisonexpress.org and click on the ‘Donate Now’ link. This link allows you to support the sport of your choice. It also provides options for weekly, monthly and/or quarterly payments, so you can increase your gift-giving by using installments.”
With a new logo and new athletic director, Howard is forging a new identity in sports.
Through help from alumni and friends, Bison Express is eager to assist. Come out and join the celebration on Oct. 2!
You ever wonder what it’s like to be a student-athlete at Howard University?
These young people have to juggle their academic courses like every other student on campus, but also have to make time for training, practice, games and travel.
We see the fruit of their labor whenever they compete, but we often have no idea what goes on behind the scenes to make those moments possible.
Now, thanks to Matt Marshall’s award-winning short documentary, we get a glimpse of what it takes to be a Bison athlete!
The University of South Florida Foundation is well on its way to having raised $1 billion for its eight-year “Unstoppable” campaign.
For perspective, if you spend $1 million every day for two years, you STILL won’t have spent $1 billion.
That’s the kind of fundraising that can make a difference at South Florida, Howard and every other school.
But what’s the process for gathering such a large amount of dollars?
Joel Momberg, CEO of the USF Foundation, said it comes down to two things: art and science.
De’Andre Johnson has a lot on his mind, probably with lots of people telling him lots of things and making lots of suggestions.
He went from ballyhooed Florida State QB to infamous misbehaving athlete in the instant it took to punch a woman at a bar last month, an act that was captured on video and went viral. He subsequently was dismissed from the school.
“I totally should have walked away,” Johnson, said recently on Good Morning America. “I am ashamed of that. I’m sorry. I apologize to the lady in the incident, to her family, to my family, to my mother. I know I wasn’t raised that way.”
Unlike many of those with advice former Johnson, former Howard University and NFL defensive back Tim Watson can relate to being a college athlete. He offered his counsel in an open letter, giving props to Howard along the way.
As a brother in the sport and simply a concerned citizen, I want to reach out to you to offer my voice of reason in the midst of your “storm!” Without a doubt your life has taken a dramatic turn since the video release of that extremely unfortunate incident on the night of June 24th.
You never know where life might lead but it helps to be prepared for any possibility.
Former Howard U. quarterback Greg McGhee, who left as the MEAC’s all-time leading in total yardage, was planning to take a shot at the NFL when he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. And he was off to Canada, instead.
Winnipeg Lions coach Jeff Tedford convinced McGhee to forgo the NFL – for now – and work on his game north of the border.
“I think it just made sense to him,” Tedford told the Winnipeg Free Press after a recent practice. “I laid out to him what his reality was in terms of his opportunity in the NFL or opportunity in the CFL.”
The upcoming academic year offers a new plan for supporters of Howard University athletics.
Now alumni and fans can distinguish themselves as ‘Bison Backers” by purchasing a combo season-ticket package.
The combo package includes reserved-seat tickets to Bison football games (including the AT&T Classic at RFK Stadium) and basketball games (including a ticket book to the MEAC Tournament), as well as reserved parking.
There also are football-only and basketball-only packages.
Everyone who becomes a Bison Backer will be entered to win an exclusive “Howard Team Travel Experience” – which includes team travel and full accommodations for two people for a selected road football game – AND an exclusive “Howard MEAC Tournament Experience” – which includes complimentary hotel accommodations and tickets to all official events.
Those who purchase the football-only or basketball-only package will be entered to win the Team Travel or Tournament Experience, respectively.
The Bison Backer package include all the perks and experience entries of the single-sport packages, but at a higher discount than purchasing them separately.
Priority purchase of season ticket packages is available to current members of Bison Express, the official booster organization for Howard Athletics.
2015-16 SEASON TICKET PACKAGES
FOOTBALL – $120 ($150 with reserved event parking pass)
- Includes three (3) home football games and two (2) neutral games:
- Morgan State University – location TBA, September 26, 2015
- Norfolk State University (Homecoming) – October 3, 2015
- Savannah State University – October 31, 2015
- North Carolina Central University – November, 15, 2015
- AT&T Nation’s Football Classic
- Hampton University – RFK Stadium, September 18, 2015
*** Each purchase of the football season ticket package includes an entry for a drawing to win the Howard Team Travel Experience, which includes transportation for 2 with the team, meals, and hotel accommodations.
BASKETBALL ONLY – $200
- Reserved seats for eight MEAC Conference Doubleheaders
- Coppin State, January 9, 2016
- Florida A&M, January 23, 2016
- Bethune-Cookman, January 25, 2016
- Norfolk State, February 6, 2016
- Hampton, February 8, 2016
- Maryland Eastern Shore, February 15, 2016
- Savannah State, February 20, 2016
- South Carolina State, February 22, 2016
- One (1) full Ticket Book for the MEAC Basketball Tournament, Norfolk, VA, March 7-12, 2016
***Each purchase of the basketball season ticket package includes an entry for a drawing to win the MEAC Basketball Tournament Experience, which includes hotel accommodations for the duration of the tournament and two tickets to each official tournament event.
BISON BACKER PACKAGE – $300
- Includes all benefits of the football season ticket package and the basketball season ticket package
- Reserved Parking for home football and basketball contests included
What do FIFA, the NCAA and the mafia have in common?
They’re all straight-gangsta in the way they handle their business. The difference is the mob’s practices are outlawed while the other two organizations generally have operated with society’s blessing.
Until recently, when authorities busted several top-level FIFA officials, one of whom started to sing like Luther.
The NCAA is facing it’s own legal challenges with the Ed O’Bannon antitrust lawsuit. Not that the NCAA is taking outright bribes for anything – at least not that we know of – but Forbes contributor Brian Goff says the organization might want to reexamine some of its business practices in light of the FIFA developments.
Clearly there’s a problem when the number of Black teachers lags far below the number of Black students. Leslie T. Fenwick, dean of Howard’s School of Education has a suggestion: Invest in more HBCUS and Hispanic-serving institutions.
These schools already produce the largest quantities of Black and Hispanic teachers who land in “high-minority” and “low-income” school districts.
Helping HBCUs produce more such educators could give students the quality education they deserve.
This is a fun event to play golf and support Howard University athletics. golf
Whether you come to get your Tiger on, or just come to enjoy the day, your presence is welcome and appreciated!
For more information and or to register, send an email to HUBisonExpress@gmail.com or call Bruce Williams at 914-441-3445 or Charles Robinson at 517-375-6734..
Chairman Bruce Williams and Vice Chairman Thomas Payne have been instrumental in helping to revitalize Bison Express since assuming their positions in 2012.
Former Bison football players, Williams and Payne are firm believers that athletics bring added value to the college experience, especially black colleges.
“Athletics can be the tip of the arrow for most HBCUs,” Williams said on a recent HBCU Digest podcast. “Think of the leverage you get with media, TV and social meida when you have a competitive program that happens to get some headlines. … It helps the university attract and recruit students.”
To hear the entire podcast with Williams and Payne, click here.