Torrance, Calif.– Hampton University will compete among America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. This will take place April 12-16, 2014, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, Calif.
The grand prize is $50,000, along with the other institutional grants that will support academic activities at the participating HBCUs.
This year’s road to the championship began in the fall of 2013, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills, and practice, Hampton University emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition. Their goal is to beat Morgan State University, the reigning national championships for the last two years.
The Hampton University team consists of Khala Hurst-Beatty, Hannah Wiafe, Ryan Brookens, Julian Brathwaite, Sarah-Anne Leverette (coach) and Sabin Duncan (Director of Honors College and HCASC campus coordinator).
“As the chief academic officer at Hampton University, I am extremely proud of our Honda All-Star Team. Our team has a proven record of exceptional academic accomplishments, an intrinsic competitive spirit, and an extraordinary amount of perseverance,” said Dr. Pamela V. Hammond, Provost. “I am grateful to Honda for sponsoring this annual event and providing scholarships for participating HBCU students.”
Celebrating 25 years of HBCU excellence, the HCASC is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of up to $328,000 each year.
“Honda Campus All-Star Challenge rewards the best and brightest for the academic achievements and prepares our student competitors for life beyond school reinforcing their strong work ethic and introducing them to a thriving community of alumni,” said Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Community Relations.
For more information on the 2014 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.