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The Big Game

North Carolina Central
vs. Norfolk State

The Circle City Classic is one of the oldest HBCU games in the country. This year’s match up features the North Carolina Central University Eagles against the Norfolk State University Spartans. It’s sure to be another great game in a long list of classic HBCU football battles. And of course, don’t miss the Pep Rallies, Parade, and Pageantry leading up to the big game.

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Classic Events

A Day of Unity, Culture
& Black Excellence.

The Circle City Classic celebration is about so much more than football. As part of IBE’s mission to serve and empower Indiana communities, each year the Classic includes education, career, and cultural focused events that compliment the HBCU football matchup.

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Since 1984, Indiana Black Expo has hosted Circle City Classic®, a unique showcase of HBCUs, academic excellence, culture, music, and tradition. Circle City Classic® is a scholarship fundraiser that has helped IBE award over $5 million in scholarships to deserving youth attending colleges and universities nationwide. Over this same span, Circle City Classic® has contributed more than $340 million dollars to the Indianapolis economy.

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The Future is Bright

Classic Scholarships

IBE is committed to assisting Indiana students in their pursuit of higher education. Every year, thanks to proceeds from The Classic, Scholarships are awarded to current high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution who exhibit outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community service. To date, we have awarded over $5 million in scholarships to Indiana Students.

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