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March 24, 2011 13:17 UTC

Students to Compete for Grants and Glory at the 2011 Honda Campus
All-Star Challenge

250 Students from 48 HBCUs Head to Orlando April 10-12 to Battle it
Out at the Nation’s Only Academic Competition Among HBCUs

TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from
all across the nation are making final preparations to vie for academic
glory at the nation’s only HBCU academic competition – the Honda Campus
All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com).
This two-day competition will test students’ knowledge of history,
science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, and popular
culture while giving them the opportunity to win much needed grant money
for their schools. In all, more than $300,000 in institutional grants
will be awarded.

Prairie View A&M University celebrates on stage after their win over Mississippi Valley State Univer ...

Prairie View A&M University celebrates on stage after their win over Mississippi Valley State University at the 2010 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. On April 9, 2011, more than 250 students from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities will travel to Orlando, FL to participate in the 2011 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge – the nation’s only academic competition among HBCUs. The winner will walk away with $50,000 in grant money for their University. (Photo: Business Wire)

The 22nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) will
take place at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL from
April 10–12. This year’s “Great 48” includes schools from Alabama,
Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois,
South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New York,
Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia,
and Washington DC. Each school will be split into eight divisions and
compete in a modified round robin format. The top two teams from each
division advance to the “Sweet 16” for a single elimination playoff
competition. The final two teams will compete for the National Champion
title and the grand prize of $50,000.

HCASC is one of Honda’s
largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United
States. Throughout its 22-year tenure, the program has touched over
50,000 students and awarded more than $6 million in grants. In addition
to providing students a venue for friendly competition, the program
encourages relationship building, intellectual excellence, and the
development of values that define good character.

Quotes:

From student competitor:

“The intensity of the practices that we had with one another were so
competitive that we knew it would carry over into the national
championships. We felt like we just needed to keep working hard and keep
believing and playing the game and not let anything else affect us.” –
Cedrick Wilson, team captain of 2010 winning team, Prairie View A&M
University.

From Honda executive:

“In 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to highlight
the great minds and talent present at our nation’s Historically Black
Colleges and Universities. Today, 22 years later, we at Honda are proud
to still be a part of HCASC as it continues to exemplify HBCUs’ academic
excellence, enrich our nation’s youth, and invest in one of the
country’s largest pipelines for professional, artistic, and academic
talent.” – Marc Burt, senior manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity,
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

More information

For more information on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and a list
of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit http://www.hcasc.com/nct11/great48.asp.

About Honda

Based on its belief of The Power of Dreams, Honda supports a variety of
initiatives to advance education and create experiences of discovery
that help people see and achieve their own dreams. The Honda Campus
All-Star Challenge and the Honda Battle of the Bands are two of Honda’s
philanthropic programs that demonstrate Honda’s commitment to supporting
Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to helping young people
follow their dreams.

HCASC Electronic Press Kit: http://www.epklink.com/hondaallstar/

HCASC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HCASC

HCASC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hcasc

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Contacts

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Erika Braxton-White:
310-781-5542
Marcos
Frommer:
310-781-5542

Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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Prairie View A&M University celebrates on stage after their win over Mississippi Valley State University at the 2010 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. On April 9, 2011, more than 250 students from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities will travel to Orlando, FL to participate in the 2011 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge – the nation’s only academic competition among HBCUs. The winner will walk away with $50,000 in grant money for their University. (Photo: Business Wire)

 

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