Category Archives: athletics

Coach Broderick Fobbs to Join Dr. David Ponton and Leon Thomas III for Virtual Town Hall on Athletics

Virtual Town Hall Meeting with GSU Director of Athletics, Dr. David Ponton and Head Football Coach, Broderick Fobbs. Moderated by Leon Thomas, III. Tune in on Facebook Live Thurs., April 9th at 6pm.“The Voice” of Grambling State Athletics to Moderate Facebook Live Q&A 

GRAMBLING, La – April 8, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University Athletics Director Dr. David Ponton announced a Town Hall-style Q&A meeting with Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs to be hosted on the University’s Facebook Live with moderator Leon Thomas III on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

“With SWAC cancellation and the suspension of all athletics activity, Tiger fans have questions and we want to speak directly to them,” said Dr. Ponton.

adidas Presents Custom Footwear to Grambling State University’s Marching Band

World Famed Band to Sport Two Unique adidas Originals Designs at Honda Battle of the Bands

January 23, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University unveiled two exclusive sneaker designs developed by athletic apparel partner, adidas Originals, for the students of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

“We appreciate that our partners at adidas engage our students with meaningful experiences,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot, who formerly played percussion and guitar in the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. “Investments like this help position them for increased visibility on the world stage and expose them to unique career options in sportswear industry.”

The new Grambling State adidas sneakers come just days before the Band’s Atlanta performance in the 17th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, where they will go head-to-head against seven (7) other top-ranked HBCU marching bands.

“Throughout our partnership with adidas, they’ve continued to demonstrate a deep understanding of the unique needs of our athletes, including the Band, “said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, Director of Bands at Grambling State. “The sneaker design perfectly reflects the originality, imagination and pride that comes with being a Grambling State Tiger.”

One of the adidas designs displays the University’s official colors, black and gold, with a bold accent of red laces, the Grambling athletics logo on the ankle, and the Grambling State Tiger logo on the tongue. The other sneaker design has a classic feel with an all-white palette and features the Grambling State Tiger logo on the ankle.

“Students are at the heart of all partnerships and led this creative project”, said Martin Lemelle, Executive-Vice-President. Student leaders from the Band and the Orchesis Dance Company were invited to a marketing focus group with adidas executives to assist in designing the shoe last spring. “It’s rewarding to see their creativity realized through the release of this unique product.”

adidas continues to celebrate the vibrance of Black culture and partner in ways that advance HBCUs, including the recent partnership with the DTLR HBCU Tour. In 2019, the HBCU-forward Beyoncé invited Grambling State’s Marching Band to perform at her private activation party for the partnership between adidas and her athleisure line, Ivy Park. Months later, Grambling State’s campus hosted an adidas MakerLab experience where University homecoming attendees created custom adidas apparel items.

The new designs are exclusive to the World Famed Band, however a limited supply will be available for auction this spring. Grambling State fans are encouraged to follow @grambling1901 for updates on the forthcoming auction and more from the adidas partnership.

Supporters of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band are encouraged to follow the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and join the conversation surrounding this weekend’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase using #HBOB:

  • Facebook – @gramfamband &
  • Twitter – @gsuworldfamed & @The_Honda /
  • Instagram – @gsu_worldfamedband & @the_honda /

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About adidas Originals

Inspired by the rich sporting heritage of adidas – one of the world’s leading sports brands and a global designer and developer of athletic footwear and apparel – adidas Originals is a lifestyle brand founded in 2001. With the adidas archive at its foundation, adidas Originals continues to evolve the brand’s legacy through its commitment to product innovation and its ability to filter the creativity and courage found on courts and sporting arenas through the lens of contemporary youth culture. Marked by the iconic Trefoil logo that was first used in 1972 and championed by those that continue to shape and define creative culture, adidas Originals continues to lead the way as the pioneering sportswear brand for the street.

Bayou Classic: Miss Grambling State and Miss Southern A&M Share Childhood Friendship

IMG_5773HBCU Queens Go Head-to-Head Supporting Opposite Sides of 46-Year Rivalry 

GRAMBLING, La  – November 26, 2019 – They will be on opposite sides of the Bayou Classic field for the annual competition, but Miss Southern A&M University, Alacia Brew, and Miss Grambling State University, Rickenzie Johnikin are friends whose bond extends beyond rivalry.  

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Three-Time SWAC Champion, Coach Wilbert Ellis, to Keynote Eddie G. Robinson Lecture Series

ellis_coach100th Birthday Celebration Continues with Convocation Today at 11 a.m. 

GRAMBLING, La.  – November 11, 2019 – Grambling’s own legendary baseball coach, Wilbert Ellis, will keynote the Fourth Annual Edward G. Robinson Leadership Lecture Series on November 12 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center at 11 a.m. Coach Ellis is a Grambling State Baseball Hall of Famer and Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

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adidas™ to Open Custom MakerLab on Grambling State’s Campus November 1

Screen Shot 2019-10-31 at 4.21.01 PMAthletic Apparel Giant Celebrates Nearly Two-Year Partnership with University During Homecoming 

Grambling State welcomes global sports partner and multi-billion dollar corporation, adidas, to give 300 Homecoming attendees the opportunity to create their own screen-printed adidas apparel at the adidas MakerLab Friday, November 1 on the campus Yard from 1-6 p.m. 

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Grambling State Football Season Tickets – Sale Ends October 12

New Game Information and 2019 Season Tickets for Available at 

_DSC7476GRAMBLING, La – October 7, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University Ticket Office announced that Season ticket sales for the current 2019 football season will end on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 12 p.m. Fans are encouraged to visit and select “Ticket Office” to purchase remaining inventory. 


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