Down East Viking Football Classic Events to be Held September 16 - 19, 2009

Kesha Williams
September 09, 2009

The 12th annual Down East Viking Football Classic (DEVFC) is scheduled for September 16 - 19, 2009, in Rocky Mount, N.C. Elizabeth City State University and the City of Rocky Mount collaborate to hold the classic and a host of events planned to involve fans of all ages. The football game, September 19, is held in the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex and will bring the Chowan University Hawks to the field for their first appearance in the classic. The Vikings won the 2008 classic. Fans can purchase game tickets online at http//www.etix.com. See the website for other tickets outlets.

12th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
5 p.m.
ECSU Office of Admissions Recruitment Reception I and
Down East Classic "Scholastic Showcase"
Featuring: Nash Central High School and Rocky Mount Prep Charter School
Double Tree Hotel*
Rocky Mount, N.C.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
5:30 p.m.
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick
Englewood Park,
Rocky Mount, N.C.

8 p.m.
Down East Classic Poolside Soiree
Double Tree Hotel Pool
*Invitation only

Friday, September 18, 2009
10 a.m.
Down East Classic Golf Challenge
Ford Colony-Rocky Mount
26 Ford's Colony Court
Rocky Mount, N.C.  27804

3 p.m.
ECSU Alumni Board of Director''s Meeting
Gateway Convention Center
651 N. Wesleyan Blvd.,
Rocky Mount, N.C.

5:30 p.m.
Athletic Banquet
Englewood Baptist Church-Lewis Building
1350 N. Winstead Ave.,
Rocky Mount, N.C.
* Invitation only

6 p.m.
ECSU National Alumni Assoc. Meeting
Gateway Convention Center

10 p.m.
Down East Classic Step Show
Dunn Center - NC Wesleyan College
3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd,
Rocky Mount, N.C.

$10 advance/$15 at the door

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Down East Sports Gala
Gateway Convention Center
651 N. Wesleyan Blvd.,
Rocky Mount, N.C.
$35 advance/$45 at the door

Saturday, September 19, 2009
7 a.m.
Tailgating
Rocky Mount Athletic Complex

8 a.m.
Shopping Spree at Golden East Mall
(with continental breakfast)
Wesleyan Blvd. in Rocky Mount, N.C.

10 a.m.
ECSU Office of Admissions Recruitment Session II
Golden East Crossing Mall
Rocky Mount, N.C.

2 p.m.
Down East Viking Football Classic Pre-game Ceremony
Advance: $12 / Game Day: $15 / Children 5 and under: Free
Rocky Mount Athletic Complex

4 p.m.
Football game
ECSU vs. Chowan University
Rocky Mount Athletic Complex
$12 advance/$15 game day

6:30 p.m.
High School Band Showcase
Rocky Mount Athletic Complex
(Stadium immediately following the game)
Southeast Halifax; Northampton West; Weldon High; Northwest Halifax High

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Down East Classic After Party
Gateway Center- Grand Ballroom
651 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount, N.C.
$15

The Down East Viking Football Classic also raises funds for scholarships. The following students are scholarship recipients:

Brynson Barnes, a freshman from Elizabeth City, N.C.
Cedric Blacknal, a junior from Greensboro, N.C.
Ernest Gibson, a senior from Jacksonville, N.C.
Terry Griffin, a junior from Hobgood, N.C.
Ken Lee, a sophomore from Ahoskie, N.C.
Jeff Lynn, a junior from Wilson, N.C.
Creven Powell, a junior from Elizabeth City, N.C.
Keith Strickland, a freshman from Rocky Mount, N.C.

Operations of the Down East Viking Football Classic are managed via an executive and steering committee structure.   Mrs. Julia Congleton-Bryant, an ECSU alumna and a Rocky Mount citizen, and Mr. Thurlis Little, Director of Athletics, are co-chairs of the DEVFC Committee.

The Down East Classic, now in its 12th year, has grown each year drawing over 10,000 fans to the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex.  It is an athletic event that brings college football to the Rocky Mount area.  Fans enjoy a CIAA football game, golf challenge, college and regional high school bands, and a variety of social and entertainment activities.  Through additional recruitment and outreach activities, ECSU also offers scholarship opportunities for students in the Rocky Mount-Nash-Edgecombe-Wilson areas.  The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) is a premier NCAA Division II athletic conference.  Elizabeth City State University, located in northeastern North Carolina, is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina. This year's opponent Chowan University is located in Murfreesboro, NC.

For more information and updates, click here or contact the ECSU Athletics Department, 252-335-3388 or the City of Rocky Mount, 252-972-1332.