Irving, TX — Black Educational Events, LLC (BEE), a privately owned events and publishing company located in Irving, Texas, announced Monday that it will focus its efforts over the next 18 months on an expanded program for the 2010 Farmers Insurance Group Angel City Classic (ACC). The company also announced plans to produce an event celebrating the mission of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) this September in Los Angeles, the site of the annual ACC.
The Classic’s title sponsor, Farmers Insurance Group, continues its support of the event, including a commitment to proceed this year in spite of the uncertain economy. In addition, Fox Sports Network broadcasted the Classic football game for the first time last year.
“As we evaluated our options for this year with those who have supported us, including Farmers Insurance Group, we decided that it would be in our best interest to move the date of the 2009 Angel City Classic and take advantage of the extended planning time to give us our best opportunity to produce the 2010 Angel City Classic as a truly bigger and better event,” said John Fleming, president and CEO of BEE.
BEE will continue with its mission to increase the awareness of HBCUs by producing a celebratory event in the September time frame during which the ACC is traditionally held. The company will announce plans for the event in the coming months.
The Angel City Classic includes a football game between two HBCUs as well as a battle of the bands, performances by dance teams and cheering squads, career and cultural expos, and a fifth-quarter concert. Since its introduction in 2006, the event has grown significantly from 10,000 people to over 52,000 attendees in 2008, making it the fifth largest HBCU classic in the nation.
The company will be posting updates and additional information on its plans for all scheduled events leading up to the 2010 Farmers Angel City Classic on its website at www.angelcityclassic.com.