Additional Thursday-Sunday events feature the HBCUs
CANTON, OHIO – NFL Network will provide live television coverage of the 2022 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic when Winston-Salem State University takes on Central State University at 4 p.m. Sunday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
Play-by-play announcer Steve Wyche and analysts Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks will call the action from the booth. Cameron Wolfe will provide sideline updates. Additionally, NFL Network will carry the full halftime performances of bands from both schools – Central State’s “Invincible Marching Marauders” and Winston-Salem State’s “Red Sea of Sound”.
Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) will also serve as broadcast partner for the 2022 Classic. HSRN will broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 385, beginning with a pre-game show at 3 p.m.
The 2022 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic game culminates in several days of free Classic Week activities that include a funfest and free gospel concert on Saturday and HBCU Family Tailgate on Sunday before the game. Among these events:
Speaking of Stark County District Library Books Presents “The Black College Football Hall of Fame Edition”: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; Canton Palace Theater (605 Market Ave. N, Canton). James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams, African American sports pioneers and co-founders of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, will meet with football historian Joe Horrigan to discuss their contributions to football. A question-and-answer session and a signing session will close the evening.
ESPN’s first take: 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.); Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Park at Lot A (1776 Clarendon Ave. NW, Canton) and enter the stadium through Symphony Gate. ESPN’s signature morning talk show – featuring Stephen A. Smith and host Molly Qerim, plus on-set Marcus Spears – will travel to Canton for a live broadcast in conjunction with the Classic.
Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic Community Open-Mic in conjunction with the Jason Taylor Foundation: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Open to all members of the Summit and Stark County community ages 14 and older, this event is an opportunity for individuals to share their poetry, musical gifts, spoken word and other talents in a fun and relaxed.
Funfest powered by PNC, which includes the Faith, Family and Football Gospel Concert featuring Fred Hammond presented by the Good Feet Store: This community-focused event will feature a variety of entertainment and vendors at Centennial Plaza in downtown Guangzhou all day Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.
- 3 p.m.: Performances by the Central State and Winston-Salem State Marching Bands
- 6:30 p.m.: Performance by Dove Award, Stellar Award and Grammy Award winner Fred Hammond
Interfaith Service of Cecilia Ponder: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday; Centenary Square; a time to come together to worship, pray, give thanks and fellowship. All denominations and religious denominations are welcome.
HBCU Family Hatchback: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; Campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; a family pre-game tailgate that will include a preview of the marching band (2 p.m.), other musical entertainment, food, dancing and prizes.
Click here for the full schedule of Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic Week events.