National Football League to Host 4th Annual Madden NFL x HBCU Tournament with Finalists to Compete during Pro Bowl Games in Orlando
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NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2023 ~ The National Football League (NFL) has announced the opening of registration for the fourth annual EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 24 x HBCU Tournament. This event is designed for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who have a passion for gaming and football. The tournament aims to provide students at HBCUs with a chance to compete and explore the business of sports through practical learning and job shadowing experiences at the NFL Pro Bowl Games in Orlando, Fla., on February 4, 2024.

Undergraduate and graduate students attending an HBCU school are eligible to participate in the tournament. There are three paths to qualify for the HBCU Championship during the NFL Pro Bowl: Open Qualifiers, Women's Qualifiers, and HBCU Video Applications. The qualifiers will be held in October, November and December, and students can compete in Madden NFL 24 on PC, Xbox Series X or S, or PlayStation 5 systems. The top three players from both the Open and Women's Qualifiers will advance to the HBCU Championship in Orlando.

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In addition, students can also participate by submitting a video application explaining why they should attend the HBCU Championship. Submissions are now open and will be accepted until December 1. The top two winners will be selected based on NFL criteria.

The top eight players selected from the qualifiers and video applications will experience the NFL Pro Bowl Games on a whole new level. They will participate in onsite media interviews before, during and after competitive play, as well as shadow NFL executives to learn about the business of sports. They will tour Camping World Stadium, interact with NFL players and receive a media pass for field access to the game. They will also have a chance to win cash and prizes throughout the tournament.

Arthur McAfee, SVP of Football Operations - Pipeline Development at the NFL said "Each year, the Madden Tournament showcases the top gaming talent within the HBCU community and provides students access to industry experts and career opportunities." He added that they are excited to provide this platform with new avenues for student involvement via expanded women's qualifier and HBCU video applications which would expose top talent to a more in-depth look into business of sports.

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Ed Kiang VP of Video Gaming at NFL said "The Madden NFL x HBCU tournament continues to grow every year by leaps and bounds driving us to deliver a competitive program for HBCU students" He further added that they can't wait to give students access all behind-the-scenes action at Pro Bowl Games in Orlando

The highlights from tournament will be broadcasted on YouTube channel ahead of Pro Bowl Games & Super Bowl LVIII . The NFL has partnered with Rally Cry ,a gaming technology company that builds inclusive gaming experiences for players of all ages & skill levels who would manage marketing ,qualifiers ,registration ,tournament execution & broadcast .

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