The Coaches Luncheon

The Coaches Luncheon is a recognition event that showcases the coaches, student-athletes, supporters, volunteers, and honorees for their commitment to the long-standing tradition of Circle City Classic®.

One of the main events of the 40th annual Circle City Classic® weekend, the luncheon will take place on Friday, September 27, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Since its inception in 1987, The Major Taylor Award has been presented to African American athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, and officials who not only make a significant local and national contribution to youth but also encourage excellence in future generations. Past recipients are Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Muhammad Ali, Jerry Rice, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Coach Tony Dungy, Tamika Catchings, and Robert Mathis. To date, IBE has given over $5 million in scholarships to Indiana students.

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This event has always been one of the Circle City Classic® week highlights. It’s a place to gather, meet, and celebrate our culture. Last year the event was sold out.

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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 since 1984.

Over this same span, Circle City Classic® has contributed more than $340 million dollars to the Indianapolis economy.

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