Marquee Sports Network, United Negro College Fund partner for game broadcast auction for second-straight year
Marquee Sports Network broadcasts to highlight special auction benefitting UNCF;
Cubs fans can bid at ChicagoUNCFDay.org
August 17, 2023
CHICAGO – Marquee Sports Network and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have partnered for a second-straight year on a special game broadcast auction highlighting the organization’s mission to provide all Americans with equal access to a college education. During this weekend’s Cubs broadcasts, Marquee Sports Network will air interviews with executives from UNCF as well as promote a live auction with all proceeds going directly to UNCF.
UNCF is committed to building a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates. To learn more about UNCF, visit UNCF.org.
The auction, which will be live from Friday, August 18 through Monday, September 4, will feature the following once-in-a-lifetime experiences and items from Marquee Sports Network, as well as additional vacation packages:
- Marquee Sports Network 2024 Spring Training Trip
- Marquee Sports Network studio tour
- Suite at a 2024 Chicago Cubs home game
- Suite at a 2024 Chicago Sky home game
- Autographed baseballs from Cubs Hall of Famers and Marquee Sports Network talent, including Dexter Fowler, Cliff Floyd, Ryne Sandberg, Doug Glanville, Kerry Wood, Boog Sciambi, Lee Smith, Jim Deshaies and Ryan Dempster
- Amazing getaways, local and abroad, including St. Lucia, Portugal, Mykonos, Tuscany, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Disney World, Jamaica, Scottsdale Golf & Spa, Willamette Valley and Bali
To bid on these exclusive auction items, visit ChicagoUNCFDay.org.
“We’re proud to once again partner with the United Negro College Fund as we use our platform to raise awareness and funds for an organization committed to such an honorable cause,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager, Mike McCarthy. “It’s been a privilege working with UNCF and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”
“We are pleased and honored for this opportunity,” said Lisa Rollins, Regional Workplace Director for UNCF. “Marquee Sports Network’s commitment to our partnership with the Chicago Cubs and the City of Chicago is something to cheer about. We are excited for the second year of this partnership and look forward to many more years of collaboration.”
The UNCF auction this weekend corresponds with a special weekend of programming dedicated to the history of the Negro Leagues, highlighted by two on-site specials from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and the premiere of an hour-long documentary on the legendary Buck O’Neil. Visit MarqueeSportsNetwork.com for a full programming schedule.
For more information on the auction and premiere Negro Leagues programming, tune in to Cubs Live! all weekend for special guest interviews, including with Roy Wood Jr. (Saturday), narrator of Buck O’Neil: It’s All Jazz, and Joe Posnanski (Sunday), author of The Soul of Baseball.
ABOUT UNCF: UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF
ABOUT MARQUEE SPORTS NETWORK: In partnership with the Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), Marquee Sports Network brings together one of the most iconic sports franchises in the country with one of the largest television broadcasting companies to deliver unparalleled Cubs coverage, as well as additional local sporting events, including Chicago Sky games, and original programming. Named the 2022-23 RSN of the Year by Cynopsis Media, Marquee Sports Network is available on more than 65 cable and streaming providers within the Cubs home television territory, as well as available as a direct-to-consumer offering. For more information, visit marqueesportsnetwork.com/about.