Florida Memorial Athletic Director Ernest T. Jones, the President, and the Board of Trustees are proud to announce the Rebirth of Football. Since accepting his new role at the University, Mr. Jones has been rallying for the return of Football after a 61-year Hiatus.
“I would like to thank the Board of Trustees, President Jaffus Hardrick, and the city of Miami Gardens Community for the help and support,” said Jones. “It’s A New Day, and Florida Memorial University will become the Global University academically and athletically that others will want to mirror.”
Jones put together an elaborate presentation that included a partnership with the City of Miami Gardens that will not only increase revenue and enrollment at the University but also create a family amongst the students and the city in which they reside.
“Football is more than just a game, it brings immeasurable value in uniting people and having a social and cultural impact on the community and quality of life of our Residents,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III. “This partnership between Miami Gardens, Florida’s largest predominantly Black City and FMU, South Florida’s only HBCU, underscores our commitment to bring first-rate programs to the community.”
He says, “Florida Memorial University has a rich history of producing graduates who are trailblazers in their respective fields, and this will be no exception.”
After a majority vote of approval from the Board this morning, the rebirth of football will return to the Lion’s Den.
“As a member of the board of trustees, we have the responsibility to make prudent decisions that will expand and sustain our historic footprint,” explain Florida Memorial University Chairman Elect William McCormick. “Today, the rebirth of football on the campus of Florida Memorial University will provide new and exciting opportunities for our students as well as positively impacting our local community.”
He says, “Football will undoubtedly create a tremendous surge of energy, pride and enthusiasm among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the South Florida community.” FMU News