10th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney Announces 2014 Matchups

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10th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney Announces 2014 Matchups

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney – celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014 – will showcase North Carolina A&T of the MEAC against Alabama A&M of the SWAC on Sunday, Aug. 31. The yearly event – which features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) – will be aired on an ESPN network.

“We are thrilled to have North Carolina A&T and Alabama A&M play in our 10th anniversary game,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Regional Television. “As we celebrate this occasion, we are reminded of our beginning – in 2005, in Birmingham, Ala. We have watched the event grow since its move to Orlando, and we are proud that we will have showcased 13 different schools over the 10-year period. Our mission remains strong, which is to build on HBCU traditions while providing a stellar experience for the student-athletes and fans.”

It will be Alabama A&M’s first game under new head coach, James Spady. North Carolina A&T and third-year head coach Rod Broadway are coming off a seven win season in 2013.

“Alabama A&M Football is thrilled to be a participant in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge,” said Spady. “Working with ESPN and Disney is a great opportunity to give our student-athletes exposure to the best organizations in entertainment and sports programming. Anytime you play against a Rod Broadway-coached team, you better be ready to play technically-sound, error-free and physical football. We look forward to the challenge.”

“The MEAC/SWAC Challenge brings together two of the premier black college conferences in the country,” said Broadway. “Our university, our athletics department and our football program are proud to be playing this event for the first time. I spent four years in the SWAC as the head coach of Grambling State University, so I know firsthand there is quality football played throughout the league. We’re going to face a well-coached, talented opponent, but we’ll be ready to play and represent the MEAC to the best of our ability.”

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. For more information about the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, or to join the event’s following on Facebook and Twitter, please visit the event’s official Web site at www.meacswacchallenge.com.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

A subsidiary of ESPN, ERT is also the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national and regional shows for college conferences (American, Big 12, Mid-American, SEC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Texas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by PlainsCapital Bank (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl; Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston) and The Home Depot College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (Camp Humphreys, South Korea); Charleston Classic Presented by Gildan (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics presented by Corona (Madison Square Garden & Durham, N.C.); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR); State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago) and DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.)

For more information, visit www.espnevents.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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