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BOWIE, Md. (WUSA 9) --The I-95 Kickoff Classic is going into its fifth year.

President of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation Tony Kennedy said the classic is all about bringing exposure to local players.

"If one kid gets a scholarship, then it was successful," Kennedy said.

He said the classic started as an area rivalry to determine which regions along I-95 had the better football teams.

"You can't know who the best team in the region is if they don't play," Kennedy said.

Because of the classic, Kennedy said more local teams are getting recognition. He said it provides maximum exposure for all the players.

"We wanted to provide players with the chance to be noticed," he said.

Kennedy also said the classic gives recruiters the opportunity to see other players.

"Whether win or lose, it's all about playing well," Kennedy said.

This year teams from New Jersey will be featured in the classic. Kennedy said the event is still growing and he hopes to get more teams to participate.

The I-95 Kickoff Classic starts Sept. 6 in Palisades, N.J. The first day will feature three games. At 1:30 p.m. Bowie will play Hackensack (N.J.), La Salle (Pa.) will play Bergen Catholic (N.J.) at 4:30 p.m. and Wise will play St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) at 7:30 p.m.

Two games will be played on Sept. 12 at Morgan State University for the second day of the classic. Poly will play Patterson at 5 p.m. and Iona Prep will play St. Francis at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.i95classic.com.

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