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In 2021, the Orange Blossom Classic was re-established to give Historically Black Colleges & Universities the national exposure they deserve. The event attracts thousands of fans, alumni, school members, and family members from both Florida A&M University and Jackson State’s communities, highlighting the interest in HBCUs and their roles in educating aspiring professionals and developing our future leaders.
For the second year in a row, we are proud to be the title sponsor of the Denny's Orange Blossom Classic, where Jackson State University and Florida A&M University will face off Labor Day weekend in Miami Gardens, Florida. Last year’s Classic weekend was filled with various events that brought the community together and Denny’s was there through it all. From feeding the team players to our tailgate party on game day, Denny’s took every opportunity to support this momentous event.
As we plan for this years exciting weekend, take a moment to look below at last year’s highlights.
Local Denny’s Franchisee Russ Lobello provided breakfast meals to both teams on separate days (JSU 9/2, FAMU 9/4).The Denny's team assisted with distributing the swag bags to players during this time. More than 270 meals were served between both days.
The two-mile parade route featured the Denny’s Grand Slams, Pancake and Bacon riding on the ”OBC Legends” float. The streets were filled with community members and alumni from both JSU and FAMU. 1,000 restaurant coupons and Denny’s branded flags were distributed to attendees. Estimated attendance: 2,000+
With a goal of hiring 20,000 future employees, the Denny’s HR Team was front and center at the OBC Job Recruitment Fair. Denny’s hosted a private suite where HR spoke with candidates and discussed job opportunities. Attendees were able to fill out on-the-spot applications for local area Denny’s and take applications with them to share with others who may be interested.