21st Annual Chicago Football Classic

All Ombudsman Team members present pose smiling with Juan Salgado, standing in the middle of the group.

September 2018
Pictured above: Team with current Chicago City Colleges Chancellor, Juan Salgado.

State Rep La Shawn Ford stands smiling in the middle of the photo, between retired State Rep Paul Williams, and smiling Ombudsman team members. The group is posed in front of a sunny window.

State Rep La Shawn Ford, and Retired State Rep Paul Williams (now Chicago State University Consultant and Chief Executive of Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation). 

The 21st Annual Chicago Football Classic was held Saturday September 22nd at Soldier Field, with a match-up between Morehouse College and Miles College. The event features football teams of two historically black colleges and universities; and was founded to encourage black youth “to achieve their personal best in school and beyond.”

Throughout the weekend, other activities associated with the Classic took place, including: the President’s Reception, Golf Tournament, Pep Rally, HBCU College Fair, and a “Battle of the Bands” featuring local area high school marching bands.

Ombudsman Sponsorship

Ombudsman is proud to be a community sponsor of Chicago Football Classic and we are committed to the pursuit of the program’s tenets: pride, athletic prowess, and academic excellence.
As part of the game day festivities, Ombudsman Chicago provided sponsorship for the Classic through advertising and by providing tickets for students and staff. Students had the opportunity to participate in the college fair and other game day activities, while the Ombudsman Chicago team hosted a number of our community partners and Chicago influencers to watch the game!

Chicago Football Classic President’s Reception

Toni Preckwinkle, and all Ombudsman team members and community partners present, pose for a group picture. Everyone is standing smiling against one of the walls of the box suite, in front of some historic black & white framed football photographs.

Team picture with Toni Preckwinkle (currently the front runner for Mayor of Chicago)..

The Chicago Football Classic President’s Reception was held at the Southshore Cultural Center, to kick off the weekend’s festivities in style! Sponsors of the Classic were recognized at the event, as well as fundraiser efforts, to support the scholarship work the organization provides.
The Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for Chicago high-school graduates to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The presidents from both Miles College and Morehouse College spoke at the reception. Members of Ombudsman Chicago Leadership team were in attendance as proud representatives of our sponsorship, and to show support for the event.