Friday, March 5, 2010

House Recognizes Founder of the Southern Heritage Classic

On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives and Senate recognized Fred Jones Jr., founder of the Southern Heritage Classic, for his extraordinary efforts. With Jones having touched the lives of thousands, he was recognized as a distinguished and remarkable leader in the community.

"Mr. Jones had a vision twenty years ago to do something for the city of Memphis, and while that vision took an unimaginable amount of time and energy, it brought people together and created an economic engine for this state," said State Representative Karen Camper (D-Memphis). "It's an honor for me to stand here today to recognize such a great Tennessean who has done so much to bring different, diverse groups together and make Tennessee a better place to live," she said.

Jones recognized the power of having of two well-matched southern football teams, Jackson State University and Tennessee State University square off in an annual grudge match realizing the possibilities that reached beyond the game itself. His vision was to draw tens of thousands of fans from across the region for a weekend of exciting sports. The success of the Southern Heritage Classic Celebration has grown to become a staple of Memphis.

The head football coach of Tennessee State University Rod Reed, Athletic Director Teresa Phillips and others accompanied Jones.

The resolution passed overwhelmingly in the House by a vote of
 94 - Ayes.

For more information, please contact Representative Karen Camper at (615) 741-1898 or online at

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