Letter from the Chairman

Dear Classic Fans:

The 2016 Fountain City Classic is more than just a football game. It is a gathering of proud graduates and supporters of two great historical black institutions. It’s a gathering of future leaders of America. It’s a gathering of fierce rivalries; yet it’s a gathering of friends.

As we gather today as graduates and supporters of Fort Valley State University and Albany State University, we must never forget from which we’ve come. Were it not for black historical institutions, most of us would not be where we are today in our fields of endeavor. In supporting the “Mighty” 27th Annual Fountain City Classic, you are saying “thanks” to both institutions by giving something back. We appreciate your much needed support, for without you, the classic would not be possible.

I have had the rewarding and exciting task of serving as Chairman of the Fountain City Classic, Inc. for 27 years. For the past seven months, a small cadre of volunteers has worked untiringly to make this week a success. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the Presidents of Fort Valley State University and Albany State University, our corporate sponsors, FCC fans and supporters, and last but not least, the many volunteers for making this event a great success. Without any one segment of support and hard work, we could not have made it.

The Classic, I feel, has grown rapidly into one of the most exciting events in the State of Georgia; we are thankful to God for that. Thanks again for joining us. We hope you enjoy the game and the gathering.

Sincerely,
Calvin Smyre
FCC, Inc. Chairman