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The 33rd Annual Circle City Classic® helps to support youth initiatives, awarding over $4,000,000 in scholarships to deserving youth attending colleges and universities across the country. The Central State University Marauders and Kentucky State Thorobreds will play in this year’s Circle City Classic® Game on Saturday, September 24, 2016. 


Indiana Black Expo

Founded in 1970, Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to being an effective voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans by celebrating cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations. Indiana Black Expo, Inc. has twelve chapter affiliates in the State of Indiana and produces two fundraising events, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic. These cornerstone events support year-round youth and family programming, including The Circle City Classic Scholarship Fund, The College and Scholarship Fair, State of Our Black Youth Initiative, Statewide Education Conference, Parent Engagement Summit, Children’s Day Health Initiative, Family Fun Zone Health & Wellness Initiative, Youth Leadership Summit, and Youth Media Institute. IBE’s events and programs aim to reflect the changing landscape of Indiana and the world.  

Indiana Sports Corp.

Indiana Sports Corp is the amateur sports champion, stimulating economic growth, inspiring healthy kids and creating vibrant communities throughout Indiana. Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Its mission is to promote Indiana as an attractive place to live, work and visit through sports and sporting events that bring national and international attention to the area.

Indiana Sports Corp events attract visitors and many are broadcast all over the world. Upcoming Indiana Sports Corp events  include Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, the 2010 & 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Fours, the 2011 & 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Fours, and the Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments through 2012. One of Indiana Sports Corp’s most-valued partnerships is with Indiana Black Expo. The two organizations have co-presented the Circle City Classic since its inception in 1984 and the annual Youthlinks Indiana Charity Golf Tournament and Pathfinder Awards since 1988. Both events fund numerous grant and scholarship programs, including Indiana Sports Corp’s CHAMPS (Champions in Life) Grant Program.

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