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Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College
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Spelman Honda All-Star Challenge Winners Make COVID DonationATLANTA (July 13 2020) –  A talented group of Spelman students were on their way to California in March to compete in the 31st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, when the pandemic forced them to change their plans.

After making the difficult decision to cancel the HCASC National Championship Tournament for 2020, Honda decided to join forces with Historically Black College and University student competitors to reallocate funds from the challenge to charitable organizations that address key local community needs including food insecurity and medical support for families, senior citizens and the homeless.

Led by graduating seniors Venus Montgomery and Jade Lockard, members of the Spelman College Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team made the unanimous decision to forward their portion of Honda funds to support Goodr, an Atlanta based non-profit, to help ensure that students in the Atlanta Public Schools have food security through the COVID-19 crisis.

Other members of the team, including Maati McKinney, C’2021; Kameryn Gosine, C’2021, and Chayla Cherry, C’2022, have already volunteered with Goodr, while other have plans to volunteer soon.

Spelman Honda Challenge 2019 Team“When presented with the opportunity to select an organization to receive funds through Honda and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Goodr was the first organization that came to mind,” said Lockard. “Spelman students serve in Atlanta Public Schools year-round. This is the perfect opportunity to continue giving back to APS students and the Atlanta westside community.”

Since May 1, Honda has provided a total of $325,000 to HBCUs, in turn helping them serve 108 organizations in 20 states.

“We value even more this timely support to the larger community in which Spelman College is situated,” said Daniele Bascelli, coordinator for instructional technology and coach of Spelman’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team. “American Honda’s corporate outreach and direct assistance to communities in need is a model for our Spelman students as they go forward into positions of leadership and responsibility.”

Spelman has competed in the competitive HCASC National Championship since 1999. The Spelman team holds the 2019 HCASC Championship title after finishing as the runner-up in 2018.

“The Spelman HCASC Team has always been more than a club for academic competition – it has been like a second family to us,” said Bascelli. “We are immensely proud that American Honda has provided the resources to spread our caring and support out to the community in which we live, learn and work.”

Spelman College
Founded in 1881 in Atlanta, Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Home to 2,100 students, Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change. Designated by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, the College is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math. Recent initiatives include a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. With an annual six-year graduation rate 30 points higher than the average for African Americans nationally, Spelman graduates’ students who win prestigious national and international awards, virtually every year, including Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Rangel and Pickering. U.S. News and World Report 2020 rankings list Spelman as No. 57 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 22 for undergraduate teaching, No. 6 for both innovation and social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 13th year among Historically Black Colleges and Universities.



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