Contact: Jeff McKenzie
Black College Football Hall of Fame Announces
Selection Criteria and Open Call for Nominations
Priority Payment Systems Joins as Title Sponsor for
Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony in February
October 26, 2009 (Atlanta, GA) – The Black College Football Hall of Fame, which will honor the greatest football players and coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), today announced an open call for nominations for its inaugural class of inductees, as well as the Selection Criteria for eligibility.
Nominations can be made online at www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org and may be submitted by coaches, college administrators, sports information directors, players or any member of the general public.
The Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists and football executives, established the following Selection Criteria for nomination and induction:
“The Selection Committee is very excited and honored to be involved with this project,” said Roscoe Nance, former USA Today sports writer and Selection Committee Chairman. “We look forward to a thorough review and discussion on what is sure to be a fantastic field of nominees.”
The Black College Football Hall of Fame also announced that Alpharetta, Georgia-basedPriority Payment Systems, one of the fastest growing bankcard processors in the United States, has joined as the Title Sponsor for the Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony. The event will be held on February 20, 2010, in conjunction with Black History Month.
“Priority Payment Systems is extremely proud to play an important role in the first ever class of inductees for the Black College Football Hall of Fame,” said John Priore, President & CEO of Priority Payment Systems. “Players and Coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities have played a significant role in the history of college football and we think it is essential that their accomplishments are properly recognized.”
ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst Jon Gruden will serve as Master of Ceremonies and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Statesman Andrew Young will serve as an Honorary Chairman for the Enshrinement Ceremony at The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia (75 Fourteenth St. NE), from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. The Four Seasons Hotel also has joined as a Platinum Sponsor for the event. Sponsorship and ticket information is available atwww.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established earlier this month by black college football and NFL pioneer quarterbacks Pro Bowl MVP James "Shack" Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, and is sponsored and administered by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.