July 20, 2001

National Defending Champions in College Football, Oklahoma, To Host Hispanic College Fund Football Classic

The Hispanic College Fund is proud to announce that its second Hispanic College Fund (HCF) Football Classic is set for August 25, 2001. This year's classic will feature the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners who will host the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. The game will be played in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma and will be televised nationally by ESPN. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. EST.

"It is quite an honor to have the national defending champion in college football, the Oklahoma Sooners, host the Hispanic College Fund's Football Classic," said Adam Chavarria, National Director of the Hispanic College Fund. "There couldn't have been two more formidable institutions that we would have selected to participate in this event — we are extremely proud to share in this rich tradition."

This year's event will build upon the first one held last year when Texas Tech University hosted the University of New Mexico in Lubbock, Texas. The inaugural football game was a great success for the HCF and its scholarship program. The football classic helped fund 19 scholarships for academic year 2000-2001 and more will be awarded in 2001-2002.

"We are very excited about this year's Football Classic and what the participation of the number-one ranked team in college football mens to the HCF and HCF students," commented Dario O. Marquez, Jr., Chairman of the organization. "Many deserving Hispanic students will benefit from the proceeds raised at this memorable event," concluded Mr. Marquez. Proceeds from the game will benefit both universities and the HCF Scholarship program.

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