Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic Returns to Miami Gardens for Third Consecutive Year of Friends, Family Fun, and a Premier Student Experience

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla., March 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — It’s destined to be a family reunion when fans, alums, students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and sports enthusiasts ascend on the tropical oasis city of Miami Gardens, Florida. to see Jackson State University Tigers take on Florida A&M University Rattlers in the third annual Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic.

It all goes down Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, at Hard Rock Stadium. This year’s theme is aptly called “The Reunion,” marking the return of this traditional event and the continued support of title partner Denny’s.

Each year, attendees flock to the event for a Sunday afternoon of partying in the stands and watching the players leave it all on the gridiron. The event will also feature the high-stepping, bass line-dropping JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South and FAMU’s world-renowned, Incomparable Marching 100 bringing the Rattler strike!

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“There is so much exhilaration that comes with the rivalry and pageantry of the big game and leading up to Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic,” says Kendra Bulluck, executive director of the Orange Blossom Classic Committee (OBC). “Alumni, current students, and fans of all things HBCU share in the thrilling experience. The Orange Blossom Classic Committee is grateful to have Denny’s continued support of the celebration of excellence of our student-athletes, providing them another outlet to shine while raising money to help contribute to the future academic success of HBCU students.”

Now in its third year, the Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic consists of multiple events focused on community, education, empowerment, and family fun. The four-day Labor Day weekend has generated more than $20 million for South Florida’s economy since its inception, with a large percentage benefiting small and minority-owned businesses. This game has generated more than $2 million in financial investment for the participating universities. Organizers credit partners such as Denny’s for making this possible.

“This HBCU classic is a wonderful example of our commitment to education,” said Denny’s President John Dillon. “We are looking forward to working with the Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic team to provide another exciting and memorable weekend of activities that support the community and HBCU students.”

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Road to “The Reunion” kicks off in April with events leading up to the big game.

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Founded in 1933 by the son of Florida A&M University’s president J.R.E. Lee Jr., the inaugural Orange Blossom Classic welcomed 2,000 fans to the “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla., where FAMU beat Howard 9-0 and successfully established the foundation of HBCU classics.

After a 43-year hiatus, the Orange Blossom Classic was re-established in 2021 with a mission to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges & Universities. In its second year, the OBC attracted thousands of fans, alumni, school members, and family members, highlighting interest in HBCUs and their roles in educating aspiring professionals and developing future leaders.

Its main goal remains to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come, helping to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment, and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student.


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