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The Honda Campus All-Star Challege is coming soon, with coveted scholarship monies awarded. But it's not just the awards that make it special; it's a whole vibe.

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The 2023 Honda Campus All Star Challenge winners. Who will win this year? Photo: HCASC

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Celebrates Academic Excellence

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The 2023 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge winners. Who will win this year? Photo: HCASC

Next week, Honda is gearing up for its much-anticipated 35th annual Campus All-Star Challenge. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill academic competition; it’s the pinnacle event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) nationwide. After an intense series of national qualifying tournaments held in February, the top 32 HBCU student teams are set to battle it out in the National Championship Tournament at American Honda’s corporate campus in sunny Torrance, California. The stakes are high, with the winning school not only earning the coveted HCASC National Championship title but also securing a portion of the impressive $500,000 in institutional grants provided by Honda.

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The 2024 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Spelman College competitors. Photo: HCASC

Reflecting on My Educational Journey: Longing for the HBCU Experience

As I anticipate this event, I can’t help but reflect on my own educational journey. Having attended a private university where I often found myself in the minority, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to experience the rich culture and vibrant community of an HBCU. The vibrant culture, the sense of belonging, and let’s not forget about those legendary bands, fraternities, and sororities – it’s like a whole different world! Sure, I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) at my school, but I can’t help but wonder how different the experience would’ve been at an HBCU. These are aspects of the HBCU experience that I imagine are truly unparalleled. And events like the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge only add to that longing.

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Alabama A&M University players participating in the 2024 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Photo: HCASC

What Is the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC)?

Established in 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) isn’t just your average quiz championship. It’s a celebration of academic excellence within the HBCU community. Over the years, more than 150,000 students have participated, showcasing not only their intellectual prowess but also their teamwork, sportsmanship, and passion for learning. HCASC goes beyond the game; it’s an opportunity for students to expand their horizons, forge lifelong friendships, and develop skills that will serve them well beyond their college years. As the motto goes, participants truly become “Friends for Life,” forming a network of support that extends far beyond the competition arena.

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Historic Black Colleges & Universities can be found in many states. Photo: HCASC

The Participating HBCUs

Now, let’s take a moment to give a shoutout to the stars of the show – the participating HBCUs. From Alabama State University to Winston-Salem State University, these institutions are bringing their A-game to the table. It’s incredible to see such a diverse array of schools coming together to compete and celebrate academic brilliance.

This year, the roster of participating HBCUs reads like a who’s who of academic excellence:

  • Alabama State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Howard University
  • Spelman College
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Claflin University
  • Fisk University
  • Shaw University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Hampton University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Lincoln University-Pennsylvania
  • Virginia State University
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • and many more
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The 2024 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge players from Fort Valley State University. Photo: HCASC

Why Are Programs like this Important?

In a time where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs are being dismantled, initiatives like HCASC take on even greater significance. For scholars within the Black community, HCASC provides a platform to showcase their academic talents and reaffirm their rightful place within higher education. Beyond the academic arena, HCASC empowers students to cultivate essential skills such as leadership, collaboration, and resilience – skills that are invaluable in today’s rapidly evolving world. Moreover, the camaraderie fostered among participants and the networking opportunities with HCASC alumni and Honda associates lay the groundwork for future success.

Get Ready to Tune In

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The 2024 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge players from Morehouse College. Photo: HCASC

The HCASC National Championship Tournament is happening on April 11th and 12th, and you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater or just excited to witness some incredible displays of academic prowess, be sure to tune in and join in on the excitement.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge isn’t just a competition—it’s a celebration of excellence, camaraderie, and the power of education to uplift communities. While I may not have had the chance to attend an HBCU myself, events like HCASC make me proud to be a part of a society that values and celebrates diversity in all its forms. Here’s to another year of inspiring performances and unforgettable moments.

Fans can catch all the action by streaming the HCASC National Championship finals at HCASC.com on April 11th-12th, starting at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

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