BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
Let’s Go, Wildcats! It’s the fight song of Bethune-Cookman University, a battle cry led by the Marching Wildcats fans that always gets fans on their feet. Florida Classic attendees can expect to hear that familiar mantra on Saturday as the Wildcats take on the Florida A&M University Rattlers in Orlando.
Can B-CU do it again this year, defeat the Rattlers for the fifth time in a row? The Wildcats were victorious last year 18-17 in overtime with 41,126 spectators at the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic.
Billed as the nation’s largest HBCU sports event, the Florida Classic will pit the Wildcats and Rattlers against each other on Saturday with kick off at 2:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The teams will meet for the 70th time and the 36th in the Florida Classic.
Florida Classic attendees also look forward to the battle at halftime. The highly anticipated McDonald’s Halftime Show features B-CU’s Marching Wildcats and FAMU’s Marching 100.
Job fair, FanFare
The Florida Classic isn’t just the game. There’s a weekend of activities from an impressive job fair to the popular Battle of the Bands.
For those looking for employment, a Career Expo and Job Fair is Friday at the Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. It’s a collaboration with Orlando Jobs to connect job seekers with employers hiring for over 4,000 jobs across various sectors.
Also on Friday is a luncheon presented by Florida Blue, which brings together community partners, supporters and area organizations. Other events will include the Florida Blue Battle of the Bands on Friday night, a pre-game FanFare with activities for the entire family.
‘40 Under 40’ reception
In addition, B-CU will host a reception for its inaugural “40 Under 40’’ recipients, a group of the university’s top graduates under the age of 40 who exemplify the acronym for B-CU’s core values – Faith, Integrity, Respect, Service and a Thirst for Knowledge (F.I.R.S.T). These alumni have further achieved distinction in their respective fields and have demonstrated outstanding service and loyalty to B-CU and their community.
The reception is from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Orlando’s ONE80 at the Amway Center. The public is invited to this free rooftop, recognition reception but an RSVP is required at www.BCU40under40.com.
For complete information on the game, ticket information and the weekend activities, visit FloridaClassic.org.