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Watch the Wildcats Kick off the 2011 Season at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge on Sept 4.

The seventh annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney – featuring Bethune-Cookman of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against Prairie View A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) – will be Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

The yearly event, which features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities conferences, will be aired on ESPN at noon.

The Challenge will be the first meeting between Bethune-Cookman and Prairie View A&M, and also the first time the programs will be participating in the event. Bethune-Cookman had one of its most successful years last year as the Wildcats finished the year 10-2 and played in the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Prairie View A&M finished the year with a 7-4 record.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge recently announced the six nominees for the fourth annual Walter Payton Achievement Award. The award is an honor annually given to a player from each school participating in the Challenge.

Three finalists from each school were selected by a committee of academic advisors and coaches. Bethune-Cookman nominees include: Natiel Curry (Sr., C); Nesly Marcellon (So., DB); and Jean Fanor (Sr., DB). Fans will determine the winners via online voting at until Sept. 2. The winners will be announced and honored at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff Banquet on Friday, Sept. 2, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Several additional events will take place around the game, including a high school career panel and the halftime Battle of the Bands. There are also several events planned for alumni, students and friends (see below).

Tickets for the 2011 MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission, plus applicable taxes and fees. Travel options including discounted hotel accommodations, game tickets and specially-priced Theme Park Tickets are available through Anthony Travel, the official travel provider of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. Please visit or call (888) 632-6951.

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 website at or at


Sunday, Sept. 4
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Tinker Field at the Citrus Bowl
Bring your entire family and join Pastor Burns and the Carter family.  Get your praise on at our complete First Sunday worship service at the Tinker Field. Communion, great singing, prayer, praise and the spirited Word of God. Casual attire is the order of the day. After service continue your pre-game activities at the...

Sunday, Sept. 4
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.  at McCracken Field at the Citrus Bowl
This is a tailgate unlike any others...
You don't have to pack the grill, bring the ice, or pitch the tent.  It is all there, music, games, food and fun for the whole family!


Pre-Tailgate from 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Features the toe tappin' jams of the Daytonnaires, The Winners of the 2011 Steppers contest, the finalists of the "So You Want Your Name in Lights" contest, the winner of the Collard Green Cook-off, and the Young Blacks in Action!

Post-Tailgate After-Party from 3:30 - 7 p.m. - You don't have to go home right after the game... Continue the post game tailgate party with Jazz Jam and neo-soul offerings featuring Silkie Smoove and a special guest artist – with refreshments provided!

For more information about game day activities, please call (407) 507-3114.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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