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MEAC/SWAC Challenge & Celebration Bowl won't take place in 2020

Following the MEAC's decision to suspend sports in 2020, ESPN Events announced that the MEAC/SWAC Challenge & Celebration Bowl will not be held this year either

ATLANTA — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended all fall sports indefinitely because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (MEAC suspends 2020 Fall sports season due to COVID-19) .

Due to the MEAC’s decision, ESPN EVENTS released a statement citing that
both the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and Celebration Bowl are cancelled for the 2020 season. Ticket refunds will be available through Ticketmaster.

Quote from John T. Grant, Executive Director
“We understand and respect the conference’s decision. The impact of COVID-19 on the Black and African-American community remains at the forefront of assuring everyone’s safety. HBCUs are an integral part of college football and the MEAC’s absence will undoubtedly be a void this season. We appreciate the support of our sponsors, partners, and fans of the Grambling Tigers and South Carolina State Bulldogs who were set to kick off the 2020 season. We look forward to the return of both the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and Celebration Bowl next year.”

Credit: Getty Images
North Carolina A&T cornerback Jalon Bethea (33) dances amongst his teammates after beating Alcorn State in the 2019 Celebration Bowl

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