Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Good News: Riverfront Classic returns

        We are glad the Riverfront Classic is back this year after canceling last year because of the Sept. 11 tragedy. Hopefully it can resume its position of carrying on a tradition established to showcase the talents of football players at African-American colleges.

        The classics are much more than football games. And this year's classic, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, is planned to showcase the diversity in Cincinnati through a unity ceremony on the field.

        The theme, “Partners in Perfect Harmony,” will be highlighted by organizations from around the Tristate, holding hands to form a human circle on the field while 3,000 voices, led by the Kidz Gig Choir, are singing “I'd Like To Teach the World to Sing.”

        “Probably the most important thing about the classic is that our youth are getting the right message about diversity,” said Jeanne Marie Stophlet, president and founder of the Interethnic Council. “We will not only be represented on the field, but representatives from organizations from around the Tristate are purchasing tickets to sit in the stands to let the public know how diverse we are.

        The Interethnic Council represents 150 ethnic organizations in the city, Mrs. Stophlet said.

        The football game between Florida A&M and Morgan State kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium, but that's after Cincinnati will display its diversity in social functions, parties and entertainment.

        A countdown to kick-off party is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Integrity Hall, 2081 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill, followed by a coaches luncheon at the hall at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

        Also Friday, there will be a Greek Panhellenic Council hospitality suite from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Westin Hotel; a Jammin' With Jesus Family Night Out from 8-10 p.m. in the Millennium Hotel Grand Ballroom; a P&G Pregame Jam, hosted by Sinai Temple No. 59 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Westin Hotel; a Classic Card Party hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Westin; A Celebrity Jam hosted by First Fridays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Aronoff Center for the Arts; and an Uptown Poetry Jam, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at R2K at the Ritz.

        On Saturday, the WDBZ-AM (1230) pregame party is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium, hosted by Florida A&M and Morgan State Alumni; Fifth Third Jamboree Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the stadium; a Greek Step show, presented by TNT Productions, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cincinnati Convention Center; a riverboat dinner cruise, 7-10 p.m.; a Bootsy Collins All-Star Old School Jam, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., in the Westin Hotel; a victory party, sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Convention Center; and a Club Ritz party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza.

        And as usual, the battle of the bands will take place after the game.

        For ticket information, call 562-4949 or see www.riverfrontclassic.com.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahowardenquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.


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