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 2020 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.