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.
Howard University has partnered with Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center. The partnership includes in-arena promotions, internship opportunities for Howard’s sports management program and group sales discounts for university staff and alumni.
“The partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment is a great opportunity to share our story and the value of a Howard degree,” said President of Howard University Wayne A.I. Frederick. “We are grateful to our Athletics Department, the Bison Express alumni association and Monumental Sports & Entertainment for making this possible.”
The partnership provides opportunities for in-arena promotions during the 2015 Washington Mystics and 2014-15 Washington Wizards regular seasons as well as internship opportunities with the Washington Mystics. Howard University alumni, faculty, students and staff will also have access to group sales discount offers for Capitals, Wizards and Mystics games and select events at Verizon Center.
“Bison Express is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Howard University,” said Chairman of the Bison Express Bruce Williams. “This unique relationship with MSE is one of many ways Bison Express hopes to increase the visibility and viability of Howard academics and intercollegiate athletics.”
“We are extremely excited to create a local partnership with Howard University” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Patrick Duffy. “Collegiate Sports Management programs in our community are competitive, and it is great to be able to bring exposure to the tremendous opportunities provided by Howard University.”
Current discounted ticket offers are listed below.
2014-15 Washington Wizards
Promo Code: HUWIZARDS
20141-15 Washington Capitals
Promo Code: HUCAPITALS
2015 Harlem Globetrotters
Verizon Center- Globetrotters
Promo Code: GROUP
2015 Monster Jam
Promo Code: MJGRP