How it all began: History of the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

How it all began: History of the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - For 75 years Columbus has played host to the annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic and this year will be no different.

Classic chair and Morehouse Alum Howard Willis says it's something he looked forward to, way before college.

"I grew up watching this even as a child in Waverly Hall, Georgia with aspirations of wanting to go to Morehouse College," Willis said.

Willis has been involved with the planning process of the classic for more than 15 years.  He says that the game was originally set for Columbus because it's a perfect halfway point between the two schools, Tuskegee in Alabama and Morehouse in Atlanta.

Dubbed the "Granddaddy" of football classics in the Chattahoochee Valley, the game brings thousands to the area.

"Our Crowds for tail gating has been estimated as much as 40,000 that is a huge economic boom for this community," Willis said.

Willis says the city of Columbus is expected to make over a million dollars from the classic. He says with popularity of the event growing, he isn't quite sure what the future will be for the Tuskegee-Morehouse classic in Columbus.

"We may not be able to hold on to this classic, especially when I have to compete amongst RFK stadium in Washington, D.C. and with Los Angeles, California," Willis said.

Willis says finding the right sponsors to take on the classic is a challenge itself, but he says it's all worth it because the money raised from some the classic events goes towards a good cause.

"It's all about putting Columbus, Georgia in a show and using those benefits to help historically black institutions in our region," Willis said.

Copyright 2011 WXTX. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Local organizations giving away 1000 boxes of food

    Local organizations giving away 1000 boxes of food

    Sunday, January 21 2018 9:20 PM EST2018-01-22 02:20:25 GMT
    (Source: Bryan Hopkins)(Source: Bryan Hopkins)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Two local organizations came together to give out 1000 boxes of food to the community of Columbus. Feeding the Valley and the Mission Continues banded together Saturday to give away 1000 boxes of food on Saturday. The event started at 12 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. The giveaway is at the intersection of Ft. Benning Road and Victory Dr. parking lot of Ace Furniture. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, downloa...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Two local organizations came together to give out 1000 boxes of food to the community of Columbus. Feeding the Valley and the Mission Continues banded together Saturday to give away 1000 boxes of food on Saturday. The event started at 12 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. The giveaway is at the intersection of Ft. Benning Road and Victory Dr. parking lot of Ace Furniture. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, downloa...

    More >>
  • Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:10 PM EST2018-01-21 20:10:26 GMT
    (Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)(Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
  • Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:43 PM EST2018-01-21 20:43:56 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
Powered by Frankly