FAMU's Student Government Association left this morning to go to Orlando. Last year, they returned from this same trip with heavy hearts because of the death of a fellow Rattler--Robert Champion.
Before boarding their buses, members of SGA held hands in a circle for prayer.
Student Body Vice President Michael Jefferson says students wanted to give thanks and reflect on how they've healed since Robert Champion died, and how the school is moving forward.
Champion died last November 19th from a hazing ritual after the Florida Classic in Orlando.
Jefferson says there are mixed emotions as his group travels now to the same football game a year later.
He says, "It's not been the easiest of years. But, there's something to smile about because we made it through and the university's better for having gone through this trial. I think the university has turned this corner and it's about to shine."
The Florida Classic is this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
SGA and FAMU staff members will also use this as a recruitment trip, and will stop in Tampa as well.
SGA has also scheduled a Remembrance Ceremony. It will be held on Monday, which is the exact year anniversary of Robert Champion's death. The ceremony will be at Lee Hall Auditorium at FAMU at 7 p.m.