The 10th Annual Western Virginia Education Classic will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m., at the Salem Football Stadium. The host team will be Saint Paul’s College, in a football game against Fayetteville State University. On hand for a press conference to make the announcement were Salem Mayor Randy Foley, Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess, Roanoke City Vice Mayor Sherman Lea (chair of the WVEC game), Del. Onzlee Ware, Mayor Stephanie Clark (Covington), and Saint Paul representatives William Herrington and LeRoy Bacote.
Several Fayetteville alums were also in the audience. Bacote, the athletic director, noted the football talent at Saint Paul’s, which includes the 4th round draft pick for the Arizona Cardinals, Greg Toler. A $500 Lea Family Scholarship was awarded to a dropout retrieval student, currently enrolled at Virginia Western Community College.
The WVEC game helps fund the effort to return dropouts to local schools.
“We have retrieved over 700 dropouts as a result of our …retrieval efforts,” said Annette Lewis, Senior Vice President of Programs & Director for TAP/This Valley Works, which sponsors the game between two historically black colleges. The contest was held at Victory Stadium and Liberty University in past years.