October 14, 2005
Its founder has been convicted of fraud and conspiracy, but the 13th Annual CSRA Football Classic must go on. As News 12 reports, it was a minor setback but Classic board members say the charity that provides high school seniors with scholarship money is bouncing back.
Many changes have happened to make sure the CSRA Classic has a clean slate. One of the major changes former Georgia Senator and founder of the Classic Charles Walker has had a very hands on approach in the past, this year he took a hands-off approach.
It’s a tradition, come early to claim your spot.
“It’s serious business and it’s also serious fun,” said Charlene McCann, CSRA Classic Tailgater.
Tailgating spots already sold out for the 13th Annual CSRA Football Classic and organizers hope to fill Butler High School’s 10,000-seat stadium.
Charlie McCann has been on the CSRA Classic board since it began.
“This year everything is entirely different,” McCann said.
This after the Classic founder Charles Walker was convicted of federal fraud and conspiracy charges. Some of those charges involved stealing money from the CSRA Classic that helped provide scholarship money to graduating seniors.
The board hammered out every detail at their called meetings to make sure they have a clean record.
“As we meet, we’ve been getting very detailed financial statements where everything is being placed,” McCann said.
And for the man that was the driving force in the past now has taken a back seat.
“He has not tried to influence nor guide or have any input whatsoever he has not been a part,” McCann said.
But despite the federal convictions of their founder, the board says the Classic is bigger than just one man.
“The whole event is about food, fellowship and family,” Charlene McCann said.
“We realize as board members that there has been a setruction, but we want the general public to understand that the sole purpose of the Classic is still there,” McCann said.
Another major change this year is the CSRA Classic has no sponsors. That means the CSRA Classic has had to foot the entire bill for this event.
You can still buy tickets at the gate of the CSRA Classic. That’s where Savannah State University Tigers will take on Bethune Cookman College Wildcats. Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets are $15.