Students to Compete for Grants and Glory at the 2011 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

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    March 24, 2011 13:17 UTC

    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

    TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from
    all across the nation are making final preparations to vie for academic
    glory at the nation?s only HBCU academic competition – the Honda Campus
    All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com).
    This two-day competition will test students? knowledge of history,
    science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, and popular
    culture while giving them the opportunity to win much needed grant money
    for their schools. In all, more than $300,000 in institutional grants
    will be awarded.

    Prairie View A&M University celebrates on stage after their win over Mississippi Valley State Univer ...

    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)

    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.

    Quotes:

    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.

    More information

    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.

    About Honda

    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

    Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6658416&lang=en.

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    Contacts

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    Erika Braxton-White:
    310-781-5542
    Marcos
    Frommer:
    310-781-5542

    Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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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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