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Spelman College Wins 30th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s Premier HBCU Academic Competition

  • Top academic quiz bowl teams from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) vied for HCASC championship in Los Angeles
  • Florida A&M University, Jackson State University and Morehouse College finished in the top four  
  • Daniel Bascelli of Spelman College named HCASC Coach of the Year
  • Chuck Hobbs, HCASC alumnus and volunteer, received HBCU Power of Dreams Award for his three-decade commitment to the HBCU community

In front of a packed studio audience consisting of top HBCU students, school presidents, HCASC alumni and Honda associates, Spelman College took home the championship title and a $75,000 institutional grant at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. Hosted on the Honda campus in Torrance, California, HCASC is the only program of its kind and provides a national stage for high-achieving HBCU students to advance their dreams. Each year, Honda awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs in addition to providing travel, meals and accommodations for the 48 teams.

In a two game sweep against Florida A&M University, the Spelman team demonstrated superior academic prowess, gameplay and teamwork by accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Spelman bested teams from 47 HBCUs and qualified for the National Championship Tournament after winning a series of regional competitions throughout the academic year.

The winning team was coached by Daniel Bascelli and includes Jessika Agyepong, Maati McKinney, Naomi Steplight, and team captain, Ariana Benson.

“Winning itself isn’t the only reward. It’s about bringing these students together and watching them represent their school in the best possible way,” said Daniel Bascelli, coach, Spelman College. “The spirit at Spelman is really strong. If you talk to the students, the feeling for Spelman, the feeling for HCBCUs and the support that Honda gives them is all a part of the pride that they feel.”

Runner-up Florida A&M University was awarded a $30,000 grant, while the third and fourth place finishers – Jackson State University and Morehouse College – received $20,000 each.

This year’s HCASC theme was “30 Years of Advancing Dreams.” In 1989, Honda established Honda Campus All-Star Challenge to recognize and celebrate the academic talents of HBCU students as well as to provide personal development and experiential learning opportunities. Participants gain life-changing experiences through travel, community involvement, networking opportunities with business leaders and making friends for life.

“Honda is proud to commemorate the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and continue shining a spotlight on HBCU students’ academic talents,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “Through HCASC, students are given an opportunity to demonstrate the value of their HBCU experience, represent their schools on a national stage, and connect with like-minded peers. We look forward to celebrating the HCASC legacy and the friendships we’ve made over the past 30 years.”

Every year, dedicated volunteers, coaches and alumni help to make the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge a success. Honda recognized outstanding individuals who have made an impact during this year’s competition, naming Daniel Bascelli, 17-year HCASC coach of Spelman College, Coach of the Year. Fellow HCASC competitors selected Ariana Benson of Spelman College to receive this year’s Ernest C. Jones Sportsperson Award. Named for one of HCASC’s early volunteers who mentored students, the award recognizes a student who epitomizes team spirit, camaraderie, good sportsmanship and academic focus during the National Championship Tournament.

HBCU Power of Dreams Award

In addition to celebrating the HCASC scholars, Honda also honored an individual who has dedicated his or her life to service in the community with the fifth-annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. This year’s recipient is Chuck Hobbs of Tallahassee, Florida. Hobbs is a Honda Campus All-Star Challenge alumnus and volunteer. He has mentored thousands of young people over the past three decades, including students at Florida A&M University (FAMU), FAMU Developmental Research School and Morehouse College. He is active on social media, promoting HBCUs and the unique role they play in the African American community. A video about Hobbs’ positive impact can be seen at https://honda.us/HBCUAward2019.

“Chuck embodies the Power of Dreams and encourages young people to realize the power of their own dreams, so it’s very fitting that we honor him with this award,” said Morikawa.

Honda presented Hobbs with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the HBCU community.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: Facts and Figures

  • More than 150,000 scholars have participated in HCASC since 1989. Building a legacy of greatness, HCASC alumni have gone on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.
  • Across 21 states, there are 87 HCASC-eligible HBCUs in the U.S.  
  • To prepare for the competition, students spend hundreds of hours studying science, history, art, current events, math, African American history, geography, literature, sports, and pop culture.
  • Since HCASC was established, Honda has awarded more than $9 million in grants to participating HBCUs, which have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.
  • More than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives participated in and attended the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles.
  • 125 volunteers, including Honda associates, helped produce the 2019 National Championship Tournament, hosting the students, conducting registration and serving as game officials. 

For photos, videos and additional information about the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit HCASC.com. Connect with HCASC on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and follow the conversation using #HCASC.

About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 30 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage. Both HCASC and HBOB enable HBCUs to earn grants and receive positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 170,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

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Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) Celebrates 30 Years of HBCU Academic Excellence

  • Top students from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will compete for the national HCASC championship title and institutional grants from Honda
  • HCASC finals will be live-streamed at 12:00 p.m. EDT, April 16 at HCASC.com 

Celebrating its 30th year as the nation’s premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) will culminate the year-round program on April 16 when a new champion is crowned. The top quiz bowl teams from 48 HBCUs will travel to Los Angeles for the HCASC National Championship Tournament, April 13-17, on the Honda campus in Torrance, California.

HCASC connects the nation’s best and brightest HBCU students and provides an opportunity to expand their scope of knowledge, learn teamwork and sportsmanship, and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. The program highlights students’ academic talents and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Outside of game play, students participate in community service activities and are provided with leadership, networking and mentorship opportunities.

“For 30 years, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has provided high-achieving HBCU students the opportunity to advance their dreams,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “This is an event that Honda feels passionately about, with many of our associates volunteering each year to help make it happen. We look forward to meeting students, coaches and institutional reps from all HBCUs and crowning the 2019 HCASC National Champion.”

In April, more than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives will participate in and attend the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles. The 2019 HCASC contingent hails from 48 HBCUs, or “Great 48,” located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., These teams earned a place in the National Championship Tournament by competing in regional tournaments held on HBCU campuses. Each year HCASC awards $358,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs. For the list of “Great 48” qualifying HBCUs, visit HCASC.com.

30 Years of Advancing Dreams
This year’s HCASC theme is “30 Years of Advancing Dreams.” Honda established Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in 1989 to recognize and celebrate the academic talents of HBCU students as well as to provide personal development and experiential learning opportunities. Participants gain life-changing experiences through travel opportunities, networking with business leaders and making friends for life.  More than $9 million in grants from Honda to participating HBCUs have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.

Over its 30-year history, HCASC has fostered a network of more than 125,000 alumni – many of whom stay involved in the competition as volunteers at the National Championship Tournament or serve as mentors for the next generation of student competitors. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.

The 2019 HCASC finals will be live-streamed on April 16 starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT at HCASC.com. To send messages of encouragement and support for the HBCU student competitors, visit the HCASC FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages and include #HCASC.

Honda and the HBCU Community
For three decades, Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation’s HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Honda has been able to reach more than 170,000 students and award over $12 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs. These initiatives also have enabled Honda to provide unforgettable experiences and opportunities for students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from different schools.

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High-Achieving HBCU Students to Compete for School Grants and Championship Title in 29th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC)

  • National competition celebrates academic achievements of America’s HBCUs
  • Students from 48 HBCUs will travel to California and compete at the National Championship Tournament in culmination of year-long program
  • HCASC finals will be live-streamed at 12 p.m. EDT, April 10 at HCASC.com 

Top students from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will go head-to-head in the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. In addition to the championship title, teams will compete to win a share of more than $350,000 in institutional grants from Honda. The HCASC National Championship playoffs will be held at 12 p.m. EDT on April 10 at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. To watch the livestream of the academic competition, visit HCASC.com.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that centers on community service, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship. It includes campus engagement, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship held in California. The fast-paced competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. HCASC’s alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post-graduation. See the “Great 48” list of qualifying HBCUs that will compete in this year’s HCASC National Championship Tournament.

“Honda congratulates the ‘Great 48,’ a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has fostered a network of ‘friends for life’ that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams. We look forward to hosting an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament in April.”

In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience.

Fostering ‘Friends for Life’ Through Academic Competition

Over its 29-year history, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has built a network of more than 125,000 HCASC alumni. With an impressive roster of engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors, the program provides students with access to leadership and professional networking opportunities. Each year, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge honors outstanding former competitors who have succeeded in their chosen career and life paths and who have made significant contributions after their game playing days, by inducting them into the HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame. Dedicated to continuing the program’s legacy, HCASC Hall of Fame alumni become mentors for the current generation of student competitors.

“HCASC helped me learn the importance of teamwork,” said HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame honoree and North Carolina A&T State University alumnus, Matthew Barnhill. “I stay engaged with the HCASC program to give back to the HBCU community because it energizes me and keeps me in touch with the latest and greatest from our HBCUs. It’s amazing to see the next generation of civic and academic leaders grow and blossom.”

The 2018 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge finals will be live-streamed on April 10 starting at 12 p.m. EDT at HCASC.com. To send messages of encouragement and support for the 48 HBCUs, visit the HCASC FacebookTwitter and Instagrampages and include #HCASC.

 

About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage. Both HCASC and HBOB enable HBCUs to earn grants and positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 170,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

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16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Celebrates HBCU Culture and Marching Band Tradition

  • Event featured performances by eight Historically Black College and University marching bands
  • Brian “Blue” Smith, founder of the BlueHeart Foundation, was named the 2018 HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner for his service to the community
  • HBCU College Fair hosted over 7,000 attendees to discuss admissions and scholarship opportunities

A crowd of 62,000 fans, students and alumni took part in the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase (HBOB) on Saturday, where they enjoyed spectacular performances by eight of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands and GRAMMY Award-winning R&B group 112. This year’s HBOB theme, “March On. Dream Together,” highlighted the distinctive culture of HBCU with a musical extravaganza of unparalleled musicianship, pageantry and camaraderie.

The show opened with a captivating musical salute to the U.S. military. All eight bands—more than 2,000 musicians and dancers in total—joined together on the field to honor all those who serve. Additional HBOB highlights included an energetic drum major tribute to the city of Atlanta, new music from 112’s latest album “Q Mike Slim Daron” and a show-stopping routine by the ever-popular Alabama State University Honey Beez.

This year’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase participants included:

  •  Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
  • Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
  • Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
  • Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance

The Invitational Showcase presented these marching bands with a national platform to display their talent, both live and streamed online. Each of the participating universities received grants to help support their music education programs.

Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award Recognizes Individual Moving the HBCU Community Forward

For the fourth year, Honda honored an exceptional individual who has positively affected the lives of others in the community. Brian “Blue” Smith was named the 2018 Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner. Smith is the founder of The BlueHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to help fulfill basic needs in Montgomery, Ala. From delivering food to those in need to donating toys to children, Smith keeps the Foundation going using funds from his own pocket. Smith is an Alabama State University and Mighty Marching Hornets alum, who also volunteers his time to teach music at a local high school. Honda presented Smith with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the community.

“We are pleased to honor Brian Smith with this award,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “His selflessness and humble approach to helping others is both inspiring and admirable. Brian truly embodies the power of dreams.”

HBCU College Fair Encourages High School Seniors to Think About College

In addition to the marching band performances at the 2018 Invitational Showcase, HBOB also included an HBCU College Fair to connect high school students with representatives from fifty-three HBCU schools. Designed to go beyond just exposing young people to the opportunities offered by HBCUs, the college fair enabled prospective college students to meet with marching band and admissions recruiters to discuss admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities. This year’s college fair hosted over 7,000 attendees, with more than 300 scholarships awarded.

Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation’s HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 120,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

For more information on HBOB, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com. Fans can also check out HBOB’s 16th anniversary journey and highlights from the Invitational Showcase on the official HBOB social media channels:

Honda now gears up for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a unique academic tournament for HBCU students that showcases and recognizes their academic talents. The 2018 champion will be crowned at the National Championship Tournament in April. Visit www.hcasc.com for more details.

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Top Students from 48 HBCUs Compete in Academic Tournament at 27th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship

Watch live Monday, April 4 at 12 p.m. Eastern at HCASC.com
STUDENT TEAMS EARN GRANTS AND MAKE LASTING MEMORIES IN QUIZ-BOWL COMPETITION
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Some of the best and brightest students representing 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will test their knowledge to win bragging rights and earn grants for their schools in a year-long academic competition culminating this weekend at the 27th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament (NCT). Nearly 200 students will participate in this unique academic tournament, to be held April 2-6 in Torrance, California. The 2016 NCT will be live-streamed Monday, April 4 starting at 12 p.m. Eastern exclusively at  HCASC.com.

Since 1989, more than 100,000 students from around the country have competed in the tournament and more than $7.5 million has been awarded to the schools for books, tuition, scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments.

“Honda is proud to support HBCUs because of the unique and critical role they play in higher education, helping millions of students achieve their dreams,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda.

Preparing for the HCASC tournament is a year-long process, beginning when students arrive at school in the fall. “Power Search” quizzes identify the academic “superstars” at each school, followed by campus tournaments and the formation of each school’s HCASC team. Practice sessions commence under the tutelage of a faculty coach, with an emphasis on knowledge acquisition and team building, and, in December, the coach selects the varsity team. Finally, in January, teams attend National Qualifying Tournaments after which, the “Great 48″ teams are selected. See the full list of participating HBCUs here.

The HCASC experience leaves a lasting impression on the participants. HCASC alumni span the U.S. and world abroad, with varied career paths – doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, scientists, architects, writers, military and government officials, business leaders, artists, and more. They share an enthusiasm for learning and always remember their HCASC experience and the lasting friendships made during the tournament. To view alumni profiles, visit the HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame.

More than 100 volunteers, including nearly 40 Honda associates, help produce the National Championship Tournament, serving as game officials, conducting registration and hosting the students.
Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC) using #HCASC.

About Honda’s Commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of over 100,000 academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage, while earning grants and positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda is not only helping students academically, but building them up for the future, helping position them for career success. Honda has also awarded more than $10 million to support music and educational programs at America’s HBCUs.