The New York Urban League and the New York Yankees today jointly announced the cancellation of the 2012 Football Classic that was to be played at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, November 17.
Following discussions with the NYUL and participating schools, officials from each of the organizations felt that it was overly important for the Yankees, NYUL and the New York metropolitan area to focus on relief and recovery efforts in this time of challenges and suffering caused by Hurricane Sandy.
“On behalf of the New York Urban League Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank the fans for their continued support and understanding in this matter,” said Arva Rice, New York Urban League President and CEO. “Though the decision to cancel this year’s game was necessary, what remains unchanged is our commitment to providing scholarships to college hopefuls.”
Fans with tickets for the 2012 Football Classic should visit www.nyulfootballclassic.com for instructions on how to receive a full refund.
“After speaking with the New York Urban League, it was apparent that we both reside in a metropolitan community that needs all of our attention and resources focused off the playing field,” Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost said. “The continued work of the New York Urban League with our community youth is very important, but the decision to cancel this year’s Football Classic was the appropriate one given the current need of our neighbors.”
The New York Urban League exists to provide critical resources to underserved populations of color. The Football Classic has been one of their signature events for more than four decades. The annual game provides an opportunity for the community to come together to ensure that future generations have access to quality education. Since 1968, the NYUL has been able to assist more than 4,000 students of color with college expenses totaling over $20 million through its Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund.
The New York Urban League and the New York Yankees would like to thank those organizations that worked so hard on the planning of this year’s Football Classic and supported this decision: Morgan State University, Hampton University, Admiration Foods, Armitron, Bank of America, Benjamin Moore, the New York Daily News, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Geico, Hess, Home Depot, MasterCard, McDonald's, Miller Coors, Municipal Credit Union, New Era, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NYSE Euronext, PepsiCo, Subway and UPS.