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Events DC Bringing HS Football Showcase to RFK

Sept. 15 Triple-Header to Also Kick off Amateur Sports Initiative

The Events DC Kickoff Classic, a high school football triple-header featuring some of the District’s top teams, will launch an inaugural showdown of epic proportions with Dunbar, The Maret School, Woodrow Wilson, Archbishop Carroll, Friendship Collegiate Academy and H. D. Woodson high schools vying for bragging rights on Saturday, Sept. 15 at RFK Stadium.

The event, sponsored by Events DC, the District’s official convention and sports authority, will also mark the start of the organization’s new Amateur Sports Initiative – a multi-year program designed to recognize amateur sports, from football and basketball to pole vaulting and high-speed racing taking place throughout the greater Washington area.

The Classic continues a long tradition of football at the historic RFK Stadium and will also include halftime performances by high school marching bands and a Pepsi Fan Zone filled with sponsor brand activations, youth football activities and family-friendly entertainment by local musicians and DJs.

“Events DC is proud to welcome some of DC’s most-talented high school student-athletes to play on RFK Stadium’s historic NFL football field this fall, as they showcase and grow their many talents while also creating an unforgettable experience for them and their families,” said Erik Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events, Events DC.

The schedule: Dunbar vs. The Maret School, noon; Wilson vs. Archbishop Carroll, 3 p.m.; and Friendship Collegiate vs Woodson, 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Ticketmaster.com, in advance at participating high schools and at the stadium’s box office on game day.

PepsiCo is the official beverage partner of the Events DC Kickoff Classic, featuring their products Pepsi Zero Sugar, Gatorade and Aquafina. Lyft is the official ride-sharing service of the Events DC Kickoff Classic.

For more information, go to DCKickoffClassic.com.

Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus and the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project.

Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the U.S., manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and is building the Entertainment and Sports Arena (www.ESAontheRise.com), all conveniently located in the District’s Congress Heights community.

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Kevin, an award-winning veteran journalist, book editor and educator, is the editor for The Washington Informer where he displays a keen insight for political news, editorial development and lifestyle features. A staunch Wolverine, the Detroit native left a promising career at IBM to pursue his passion for writing under the tutelage of the late Sam Logan, founding publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. His journey has continued to press rooms in Grand Rapids, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and currently Washington, D.C. With two master's degrees from Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he finds great joy in his children and grandchildren and is completing his first book, "Growing up Motown" which chronicles his childhood memories with legends like Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Gladys Knight, Berry Gordy and the Jackson Five.

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