CHARLESTON, SC – – For 45 years, high schools from around the Lowcountry have come together to kick off football season at the C.T. Lowndes & Company Sertoma Football Classic. This year’s event has more teams than ever and will be Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14, 2015, at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. This annual tradition not only signals the beginning of high school football season in the Lowcountry, it also helps local nonprofits continue their missions as money from each ticket goes to local causes. Over the last 45 years, more than $5 million has been donated to local charities thanks to this annual event.
This year, the Classic has been moved up a week so that all high schools could participate. In addition to that change, organizers have added extra security and lighting, new football teams, a Coach John McKissick night, a Team Hendrick Spirit Award and powder puff games. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from local participating high cheerleading teams or online HERE. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., the National Anthem will be at 5:30 p.m. and games to follow.
There is a $5 parking fee for official Sertoma Football Classic lots. Please note, there will be a Riverdogs game on Friday, August 14th, so arrive early for parking.
New this year on Friday, August 14, is Coach John McKissick Night. Retired Summerville High School Coach John McKissick will be honored and in attendance during the game. The Sertoma Club will present to him an award for his support of the Classic during his tenure.
Another addition to this event is the inclusion of powder puff leagues where six area high schools will play mini-scrimmages. The Powder Puff League is an initiative sponsored by the Police and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Police’s Cops Athletic Program. Teams are coached by NCPD Officers who were former football players in high school and college.
Powder Puff Games
-Thursday, August 13th-
Powder Puff Game 1 – North Charleston vs Stall
Powder Puff Game 2 – Military Magnet vs Garrett
-Friday, August 14th-
Powder Puff Game 3 – Fort Dorchester vs Hanahan
Powder Puff Game 4 – (winner of game 1 & 2)
The current lineup for the 2015 Sertoma Classic:
-Thursday, August 13, 2015-
Ridge Christian vs. Faith Christian (8 man)
Stall vs. Lincoln
North Charleston vs. First Baptist
Powder Puff: North Charleston vs Stall
Powder Puff: Military Magnet vs Garrett
Military Magnet vs. Palmetto Christian
Northwood Academy vs. Garrett
Ashley Ridge vs. Baptist Hill
Cane Bay vs. Bishop England
West Ashley vs. St. Johns
Stratford vs. Hanahan (2 quarters)
–Friday, August 14, 2015 – Coach John McKissick Night-
St. John’s Christian vs. Coastal Christian (8 man)
Academic Magnet vs. Pinewood
Woodland vs. Burke
Powder Puff: Fort Dorchester vs Hanahan
Powder Puff Play-off: winner of game 1 vs winner of game 2
Berkeley vs. James Island
Wando vs. Porter Gaud
Goose Creek vs. Timberland (2 quarters)
Ft. Dorchester vs. Summerville (2 quarters)
Listen to the games live on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on WTMZ/910am. The Sertoma Football Classic highlight show will air at 7 p.m. both nights of the Classic on Comcast C2. A delayed broadcast will air Monday after the Classic also on Comcast C2 at 7 p.m.
Although the entertainment and excitement of the game usually takes the spotlight, the importance of the game is continue the giving mission of the Sertoma (SERvice TO MAnkind) Club of Charleston.
With the help of sponsors, this annual event has blossomed even more. This year, local cheerleaders will show their true spirit by encouraging drivers of all ages to be safe by taking a picture and tagging The Team Hendrick Charleston/North Charleston facebook page, on all Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat networks to win the Team Spirit Award.
The Classic’s main sponsor will have the C.T. Lowndes & Co. Cheerleader’s Football Toss during a break between games. One girl from each cheer squad – that is playing that day – will go to the 35 yard line. She will be given a mite sized football to toss. Each night, everyone wins a prize but the top three participants will win big for their team.
1st place $1,000
2nd place $350
3rd place $175
Each participating team not in the top 3 gets $25.