Kentucky State University's home game against Lane College, scheduled for October 27, has been moved to Hopkinsville as part of the inaugural F.E. Whitney Classic. The game will be played 6 p.m. at the Stadium of Champions and the event is sponsored by the Minority Economic Development Initiative (MEDI).
The "Classic" is named in honor of one of Hopkinsville's and Kentucky State University's most notable and esteemed leaders, F.E. Whitney, who at one time served as the mayor of Hopkinsville.
Born in 1916, Whitney was a graduate of the historic Attucks High School in Hopkinsville, as well as Kentucky State University and Indiana University. He was a small business owner who owned and operated F.E. Whitney Real Estate, and was the first black realtor to be accepted into the Kentucky Association of Realtors.
Whitney also served on the Kentucky State University's Board of Regents and served terms as a Hopkinsville city councilman and magistrate of Christian County Fiscal Court. His legacy of leadership serves as a model for all. In addition to the game, which pits bordering rivals and conference foes against one another, the F.E. Whitney Classic will feature a Battle of the Bands during halftime. Before the contest, pregame tailgating and free activities like a College Fair, Kids Zone, STEM Experience, Stomp the Yard, vendors and exhibits will be available.
MEDI, Inc. is one of Kentucky's leading 501(c)3 organizations that provides small business and economic development services. Founded in 1988 and incorporated in 2009, MEDI has helped to startup hundreds of small, minority and woman owned businesses, while creating, saving and retaining hundreds of jobs and to obtain millions in capital investments.
The "Inaugural" F.E. Whitney Classic will close out MEDI's 30th Annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week celebration. MED Week is Kentucky's premier event that celebrates and recognizes the contributions of minority-owned businesses, and those that support minority enterprise development.