Fueling HBCU’s Spirits: 33rd Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Celebrates HBCU’s Academic Excellence
TORRANCE, Calif. — The journey to the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament is underway for more than 60 teams from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Now in his 33’srd year, HCASC is America’s premier academic competition among HBCUs, bringing together more than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives each year for a tournament that uniquely combines educational and personal development experiences beyond the classroom. Students also bond with fellow HBCU students, creating “friends for life.”
Honda will provide nearly $400,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs.
In this year’s HCASC Virtual National Championship Series, the March 13 preliminary rounds will whittle the field down to the top 16 teams that advance to the playoffs on March 20. From there, the remaining eight teams will battle it out for the national championship title on April 10. -12, with the possibility of winning the grand prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
“Honda has been supporting the success and dreams of HBCU students for more than three decades, and it all started with the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge,” said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of corporate social responsibility and inclusion and diversity at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We applaud the students for their incredible dedication to preparing for the HCASC and are thrilled to crown the 2022 HCASC National Champion.”
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program celebrating Black excellence and showcasing the academic talents of top HBCU students from across the country. Teams of four students compete in a one-on-one competition and must quickly answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, math, arts, pop culture and sports . HCASC challenges students to broaden their scope of knowledge on a wide range of topics while helping them develop their leadership and collaboration skills. With the opportunity to compete against students from other HBCUs, participants network, build camaraderie, and benefit from mentorship opportunities with HCASC alumni. Beyond competition, Honda offers development seminars to help prepare students for success after graduation.
“Having coached HCASC teams at four HBCUs over the past two decades, I know first-hand Honda’s incredible impact on individual students and HBCUs,” said Voorhees College President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins. “Participation in HCASC enhances an HBCU’s academic profile, advances student engagement and leadership development, and truly cultivates relationships through which students, faculty, and staff within the HBCU community and at beyond become ‘friends for life’.”
The HCASC National Championship Series will be streamed live on HCASC.com. Tune in for the action on March 13 at 10 a.m. EST for the preliminary rounds. Sixteen teams will face off on March 20, setting the field for the championship rounds, April 10-12.
Honda holds virtual seminars to improve career readiness
In addition to the tournament experience, HCASC participants are invited to participate in virtual development seminars aimed at increasing career readiness and student empowerment. Students will learn interview tips, resume writing best practices, and ways to prepare for success after graduation. These seminars are organized in partnership with Honda Talent Acquisition and the African American Resource Collaborative (AARCH) Business Resource Group.
Did you know?
- North Carolina A&T State University will be looking to defend their 2021 HCASC National Championship title.
- Morehouse College is the only school to qualify for all 32 HCASC National Championship tournaments.
- Florida A&M University has won more national championships (8) than any other HBCU.
- Over 90% of participating students say that lasting friendships are a significant benefit of their participation in HCASC.
- There are 89 eligible HBCUs that can participate in the HCASC, representing 20 states and the District of Columbia.
- HCASC alumni are found all over the world pursuing careers in science, engineering, medicine, media, aeronautics, education, industry and government.
This year, Honda will provide nearly $400,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs, with many schools using the grants to fund scholarships. More than 145,000 college students have participated in the HCASC since the college tournament’s inception in 1989. To follow the teams as they compete for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship, visit the HCASC Facebook, Twitter and instagram. Last year’s matches can be watched on the HCASC Youtube channel.
Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
For more than 30 years, Honda has supported the success and dreams of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through initiatives such as the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and the Honda Battle of the Bands. These programs provide unforgettable experiences and opportunities for HBCU students, including meeting and networking with peers from other HBCU schools. Honda has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 students and awarded more than $14 million in grants to support HBCU education programs and facility improvements. initiative that brings together government, industry and HBCUs to create strategic and more sustainable HBCU partnerships. Honda has also partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide annual scholarships to support HBCU students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.