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Orange Blossom Classic to Kickoff Labor Day Weekend; Check Out All The OBC Parties Happening


The Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic Supports HBCUs and Raises Funds for Scholarships

The Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic (OBC) is pleased to announce Ready Life, the innovative fintech solution creating generational Black wealth by enabling first-time home purchases and lowering costs on merchants, as its presenting sponsor for the sophomore return of the Classic to be held in Miami Gardens, Fla., September 1 – 4th, 2022, at Hard Rock Stadium.

“Florida A&M and Jackson State alumni are investors and leaders at Ready Life, so we couldn’t envision a better venue to introduce our game-changing platform than this historic rivalry celebrating the best of our community on and off the field,” said Ashley D. Bell, founder and CEO of Ready Life.

“As a Black-owned fintech, our mission is deeply personal. Ready Life is a platform built on the technology of the future to address a problem as old as this country itself: the struggle of Black families to build real generational wealth,” said Bell. “We’re going to make it possible for families to buy their first home no matter their credit and for small businesses to scale their operations no matter their zip code.”

As the presenting sponsor of Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic, Ready Life’s support helps advance the OBC’s mission of empowering the communities they serve.

Thousands of HBCU students, alumni, and fans will converge in Miami Gardens this Labor Day weekend to watch the match-up of HBCU football and marching band powerhouses Florida A&M University Rattlers and Jackson State University Tigers-all in the name of community enrichment, empowerment, educational advancement, and family fun.

The Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic is more than a good-natured football rivalry and a platform to celebrate HBCUs. The Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic continues to be centered on community advancement. One of the ways in which it fulfills this purpose is through the establishment of community-focused partnerships.

“We proudly welcome Ready Life to the Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic family as our presenting sponsor. Ready Life’s mission aligns with our commitment to creating One Big Community by supporting education initiatives and providing an economic infusion into the communities we serve. We are pleased that they have chosen this opportunity to introduce their family of products to the community,” stated Kendra Bulluck-Major, Executive Director of the Orange Blossom Classic Committee.

Founded in 1933 by the son of Florida A&M University’s president, J.R.E. Lee Jr. The inaugural Orange Blossom Classic welcomed 2,000 fans to the “blacks­ only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Florida, where FAMU beat Howard 9-0 and successfully established the foundation of HBCU classics. After a 43-year hiatus, The Orange Blossom Classic was re-established in 2021 with a mission to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

In its second year, the OBC attracts thousands of fans, alumni, school members, and family members, highlighting interest in HBCUs and their roles in educating aspiring professionals and developing future leaders. However, its main goal remains to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come, helping to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment, and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student.

Check out some of the Orange Blossom Classic Events

Tickets for the OBC Game, GMCVB Welcome Reception Kickoff Luncheon, and OBC Battle of the Bands are on sale now and may be purchased online at

This is a Hy-Lo News Staff Report.


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