Orange Blossom Classic
The Orange Blossom Classic was founded by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s president in 1933 in which FAMU beat Howard 9-0 in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. From 1933 -1978, this was the must see game of the post season that helped establish the foundation of HBCU classics.
In 2021 Labor Day weekend, the Orange Blossom Classic will return with Florida A&M University and Jackson State University. Our event was re-established to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges & Universities in the enriched community of Miami Gardens. Our event highlights the community’s exclusive interest in HBCU’s and the roles that they play in educating aspiring professionals & developing our future leaders.
The Orange Blossom Classic will attract thousands of fans, alumni, school members and family members from these respected communities with a goal to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come. Doing so, will help to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student.
MIAMI GARDENS & ITS LOVE OF FOOTBALL
The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003, as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. At a population of 113,000,it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County (after Miami and Hialeah). The City is located in North-Central region of the county, mid-way between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and is easily accessed by I-95, the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) and the Florida Turnpike. The city comprises approximately 20 square miles.
Miami Gardens is home to Hard Rock Stadium (used by the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins) and Calder Race Track. It has vibrant commercial corridors along the Palmetto Expressway (serving as the central shopping district for the furniture trade) and along U.S. 441 (serving the automobile trade). The city has rail access through the Florida East Coast Railway and the South Florida Tri-Rail System.