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In August 2017 The Sertoma Club of Charleston will bring you the 47th edition of the Sertoma Classic under the new title sponsorship of Team Hendrick, one of the largest automotive groups in the United States.  Last year’s Classic took place on August 11-12, 2016 at Johnson Hagood Stadium. In 2017 our Club will once again present this Lowcountry tradition.

SertomaEncompassing 98 dealerships from the Carolinas to California, Hendrick Automotive Group is one of the largest
automotive retail organizations in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company employs more than 10,000 people in its dealerships, collision centers and accessories distributor installers in 13 states.

The dealerships represented include Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston, Mini of Charleston, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Charleston, Hendrick FIAT of North Charleston, Hendrick Hyundai, Hendrick Hyundai North, Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, Rick Hendrick Jeep Chrysler Dodge RAM, Hendrick Honda of Charleston, Hendrick Lexus Charleston, Hendrick Toyota Scion North Charleston and Volvo of Charleston.

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Since it was chartered in 1951, the Sertoma Club of Charleston has as its motto “kids helping kids” which expresses its focus on Service to Mankind through the betterment of the lives of local youth by promoting health, education, freedom and democracy. In the 40+ years the Classic has been held, Sertoma has been able to return nearly $4,000,000 to local community charities and has helped high school cheerleaders purchase team uniforms, etc. The Classic has become the traditional kick-off to the local high school football season.


The playing rules for the Classic are the same as a regular football game with the following exceptions:

1. There will be no kickoffs. The ball will be placed on the 30 yard line instead of the normal kickoff. After a safety, the ball will be placed on the 50 yard line.

2. Each team is allowed one (1) 20 second time-out.

3. Each quarter will begin with a first down on the 30 yard line regardless of how the previous quarter ended concerning down and ball location. The only factor that the previous quarter will determine is who will go on offense first. The teams will switch ends at the end of the quarter and the ball will be placed on the opposite end of the field.

4. All punts will be live.

Stadium Entrances and Exits


The Sertoma entrance to the stadium is located on the West side to the right of the main ticket counters. All fans will enter through this gate.


All fans will exit from gates on the South end of the stadium. In the event of an emergency, emergency exits are located throughout the stadium.

Handicap Entrance & Exit:

Handicapped individuals can enter and exit the West side of the stadium from the West exit gate next to the Altman Center. There is a ramp to the stands located at both ends.



Please note that parking is limited and carpooling is highly encouraged. There is a $5.00 parking indentified Sertoma lots.

Fan Parking is available on first come first serve basis in the following areas:

Holiday Alumni Center Lot (Hagood Ave. & Congress St.)

Stoney Field Lot (Hagood Ave. & Fishburne St.)

Altman Center Lot (Fishburne St. & Hagood Ave.)

MUSC Lot (Lockwood Dr.)

Joe Riley Stadium Lot (Lockwood Dr. – not Sertoma lot)

Brittlebank Park (Lockwood Dr. – not Sertoma lot)

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped Parking is available on first come/first service basis:

Altman Center Lot (Fishburne St. & Hagood Ave.) – Paved area next to Burke High School. The Handicapped entrance is at the West side of the Altman Center.

Media, Game Officials and Volunteer Parking is by pre-printed pass or press credentials only.

East Stadium Lot (President St. & Congress St.) inside fenced area.

Team Bus Parking

All team buses to park at the Stoney Field Lot. Buses must enter at the designated bus entrance on Lockwood Ave. Take Fishburne St. toward Hagood Ave. Just past Hagood intersection, parking lot entrance is on the right. Buses will be parked diagonally in grassy area just inside the lot. Buses will not be allowed to enter the Stoney Field lot from Hagood Ave. Attendants will direct buses into available spaces. Buses will be unloaded at the parking area.

Band Bus Parking

All band buses and trucks will be parked on President St. beside Burke HS. and on Fishburne St. in front of Burke HS. All band buses are to take Rutledge Ave. to Congress St. toward the stadium. Take Congress St. and take left on President St. in front of the stadium. Attendants will direct buses to available spaces. Buses are to unload after parking.

Fan Seating

Signs will indicate which side and area their school is assigned. Fans are not allowed to re-enter the stadium after they leave without purchasing a new ticket.


Practice Field and Team Entrance

Teams can warm up on the soccer field at Harmon Park. The field is located on the corner of Hagood and Fishburne, across from Burke HS.

Team must assemble and be ready to go out on the field inside the fenced area to the East side of the Altman Center. Please allow time to have your team move from Harmon Park to the staging area. It is important that teams are ready to enter the field as soon as the prior team exits. A Sertoma representative will be on hand to inform the coaches of their time slot.

Players in uniform will be allowed inside the stadium before and after their games without a ticket.

Band Entrance

All bands will enter the stadium from the North end of the stadium on the East side (under the scoreboard). Bands should assemble in the stands at least 30 minutes before their team is scheduled to play.

Uniformed band members and their director will be allowed into the stadium without a ticket. All band family members and supports will be required to purchase a ticket.


Food and drinks will be for sale from the permanent concession stands on the East side and on the West side.

Individuals are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the stadium.

No alcoholic beverages will be served.

No coolers.


Sponsor Participation

Title Sponsor  is Hendrick Automotive Group Charleston & North Charleston.

Businesses and organizations that have sponsored this year’s Classic will have displays and personnel located on the West side entrance area.

Some sponsors will move throughout the stadium handing out coupons and other items during the games.

Media Broadcast

Listen to the games live on: Thursday and Friday from 6p-7p on 910am, WTMZ

The Sertoma Football Classic highlight show will air Friday, Saturday ( half hour recaps of the previous nights games) and Sunday (one hour re-cap of the entire event) @7 p.m. on Comcast channel 2.


Stadium Lighting

Emergency Lighting will be used if there is a power failure during the event. It will be located at all the major exits.


The Citadel skyboxes and press level are off limits, except to those with authorized credentials.

If anyone sees an unsafe situation, please report it to the police or other security personnel immediately.

An EMS ambulance will be parked next to the field under the flag pole on the scoreboard end of the Stadium.

No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the stadium or on the grounds.

No umbrellas

All bags will be subject to search.

All patrons entering the stadium will be scanned for metal objects

For your added security both uniformed and plain clothes officers will be on duty.


Volunteer Opportunities

Help your favorite charity earn a bigger share of this year’s proceeds. Contact one of the charities the Classic is supporting this year and offer to volunteer as one of their representatives. Counting the volunteer hours worked by each charity is one of the ways that will be used to determine the fit they will receive from our Club.