Raising Cane’s Founder and CEO Todd Graves announced that the Baton Rouge-based restaurant company has agreed to a $1 Million partnership with Southern University. Joined by, Ray L. Belton, Chancellor-President of the Southern University System, Graves made the announcement at a news conference on October 17, 2017.

The agreement includes an endowed academic scholarship, an athletics partnership and a sponsorship of The Southern University Marching Band.

Band members kicked off the news conference and Southern University Marching Band Director Nathan B. Haymer announced that Raising Cane’s is now the “official chicken of The Human Jukebox.” To show their appreciation for the partnership, the Southern University Marching Band spelled C-A-N-E-S during their performance at their final home game of the season against Prairie View A&M University on November 4, 2017.

“We have supported Southern University for years and we are excited to deepen our commitment with this partnership. Southern is a big part of our hometown and many of our customers and crew are affiliated with the university so this was a natural fit for us,” Graves says.

“The support we receive from Raising Cane’s will benefit our students through many facets of their Southern University experience; including academics, band and athletic programs. The partnership undoubtedly will help to advance our mission,” says Al Harrell, Chief Executive Officer, Southern University System Foundation.