Montgomery, AL | August 2022 – Team IP is excited to once again partner with ESPN Events to kick off the 2022 College Football season at the Boeing Red Tails Classic. The Boeing Red Tails Classic returns to the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL for its second year, showcasing two Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and is played in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II.
“We are extremely pleased to highlight Tuskegee University in an annual kickoff event in Montgomery“ said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president, college sports programming and ESPN Events. “The history of this outstanding HBCU institution is accented with the important role the Tuskegee Airmen played in World War II, and serves as a great source of pride that we hope to highlight within this nationally televised event.”
Last year, Tuskegee lost to Fort Valley State University, but both schools are back this year for a rematch. If Tuskegee wins, not only will they redeem themselves at the Cramton Bowl, but that will also be the 700th win for the University’s football program!
Both Robin Roberts and Tony Dungy’s fathers were members of the Tuskegee Airmen. Watch their videos below to see the impact their legacy has left on their families and the world.
“Team IP is thrilled to partner with ESPN Events along with its title sponsor Boeing to provide officially licensed and affordable merchandise for the fans of both HBCU universities and their fan base in this rematch of the inaugural year in 2021”, said Randy Sparks, Team IP’s CEO and Founder, “Tuskegee University will be matched up with a different opponent as the bowl continues as it seeks its 700th win as a program”
About Team IP: Recognized as the No. 1 Souvenir Merchandiser for amateur sports in the U.S., Team IP provides decorated apparel and branded promotional products for its three divisions; Events, Digital, and Corporate. Founded in 1992, the company has grown exponentially, currently servicing more than 2,800 events annually while “Serving clients for over 30 years.” Team IP is the exclusive provider of merchandise for major championship events, including 12 Disney-owned ESPN College Football Bowl games, and 6 others including the Reliaquest, Gator, Holiday, Independence, and LendingTree Bowls and various USOPC Olympic national championships, Junior Olympics, and Olympic Trials. Team IP has the #1 market share for High School State Championships and is the exclusive provider of merchandise for NFHS members Florida (FHSAA), Georgia (GHSA), Alabama (AHSAA), Indiana (IHSAA), Kentucky (KHSAA), and Texas (TAPPS). Team IP is also a five-time recipient of the INC 500/5000 Award presented to the fastest-growing companies in the nation. For more information visit www.TeamIP.com.