For Immediate Release
March 24, 2011
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
(BPRW) 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 -
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.
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.
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.
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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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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