Raleigh, NC – Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University announced an agreement that will allow both the Saint Augustine’s Falcons and the Shaw Bears to play their home football games at the George Williams Athletic Complex on Saint Augustine’s campus. For the past 12 seasons, the Bears have played home games at the Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham, NC.
“This is the right decision for both universities. As institutions of higher learning, both schools have a responsibility to support each other. I look forward to watching Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University host football games at the George Williams Athletic Complex this upcoming season,” said Saint Augustine’s interim President Dr. Gaddis Faulcon. Dr. Paulette Dillard, president of Shaw University, said, “We are pleased and excited that Shaw students, alumni, and fans will be able to attend our home games more easily. This is a wonderful demonstration of cooperation and support, and we look forward to additional opportunities to work together for the mutual benefit of both universities.”
Shaw’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Alfonza Carter said of the agreement, “It’s exciting for all involved that Shaw University football is returning to Raleigh. With this agreement, everyone comes out ahead.” George Williams, athletic director at Saint Augustine’s, added, ”The two universities have a long-standing history of working together, and this is the latest example. Football fans in the area have the opportunity to see either team plan on any given Saturday. This is a victory for Saint Augustine’s and Shaw, but the biggest winners are the Southeast Raleigh community, the entire city of Raleigh, and Wake County. I can’t wait for the Raleigh Classic.”
Shaw University is expected to announce its football schedule in a few days. Saint Augustine’s University announced its schedule last month.
ABOUT SHAW: Shaw University, located in North Carolina’s vibrant Downtown Raleigh, was founded in 1865 and is the first historically black institution of higher education in the Southern United States. Shaw’s mission is to advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders. Learn more at www.shawu.edu.
ABOUT SAINT AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a learning communityin which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world. Learn more at www.st-aug.edu