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Spelman Students to Compete in Finals at the 25th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge


Terrilyn Simmons
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Best and brightest students from 48 of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities will gather in Los Angeles area to test their academic prowess

Atlanta (March 12, 2014)
–  Four Spelman College students will show off their brainpower at the 25th annual
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge  National Championship Tournament. Coached by Daniele Bascelli, instructional technology coordinator at Spelman, Kendra Hearn, C’2014, Maryum Styles, C’2014, Alexandria Sutton, C’2016 and Courtney Wills, C’2016, will represent the College in this unique academic tournament. Along with hundreds of other students from historically Black colleges and universities, the four have spent the past year diligently preparing to compete in the final round which will be held April 12-16, 2014, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California.

“We are so proud of the young women representing Spelman College at the HCASC National Championship this year, and grateful to dedicated coaches like Dan Bascelli whose investment of time and energy allows our students to shine,” said Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., president, Spelman College. “Honda appreciates excellence and so do we!”

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, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition. Their goal is to beat Morgan State University, the reigning national champions with two consecutive titles, while Morgan State will be seeking a three-peat.

The competitors will be split into eight divisions and will compete in a modified round-robin format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the “Sweet 16” and will compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will compete for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000. The grand prize, along with the other institutional grants, will support academic activities at the participating HBCUs.

Celebrating 25 years of HBCU excellence, the
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge 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 more than 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of up to $328,000 each year.

Through programs like HCASC, helps students academically and position them for career success. HCASC’s roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. The White House Initiative on HBCUs recently announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, and among the group of 75 students, academics, and civic leaders honored by the President were five current and former HCASC participants. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the
HCASC Hall of Fame.

“Honda Campus All-Star Challenge rewards the best and brightest for their academic achievements and prepares our student competitors for life beyond school by reinforcing their strong work ethic and introducing them to a thriving community of alumni,” said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate and Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We look forward to hosting the 25th anniversary class in California and treating them to a fun, four days of healthy competition.”

The finals of the 2014 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge will be Live Streamed Monday, April 14 starting at 12 p.m. EST on HCASC.com and other outlets. For more information on the 2014 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com. Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC), using the hashtag #HCASC.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; former Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu. Directions to Spelman College.

About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at www.hcasc.com.

About Honda:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its
eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda’s long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities began more than 20 years ago with the creation of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. Honda Battle of the Bands was established 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.

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