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HBCU Minds: Alabama A&M. Oakwood University showcase academic excellence in 33rd Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

The 33rd annual competition will take place on April 10-12.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament is coming up soon and teams of scholars from Oakwood University and Alabama A&M are in the Round of 8

All quarter final games will be broadcast the same day. The winners of these games move onto the Round of 4, which will air on Monday, April 11, and the best 2-out-out-of-3 finals will air on Tuesday, April 12. The first match of each day starts at 6 p.m. eastern time. Matches begin approximately every half hour.

All games will be broadcast on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dJsA7vnYF4. The quarter-final schedule for Sunday, April 10, is as follows:

Game 1 - Oakwood vs. Dillard - 6:00 p.m.EST
Game 2 - University of District of Columbia vs. Kentucky State - 6:30 p.m. EST
Game 3 - Tuskegee vs. Alabama A&M - 7:00 p.m.EST
Game 4 - Spelman vs. Morehouse - 7:30 p.m. EST

Now in its 33rd year, HCASC is America's premier academic competition among HBCUs. The annual event brings together more than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents, and institutional representatives for a tournament that uniquely combines educational and personal development experiences beyond the classroom. 

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The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program celebrating Black excellence and showcasing the academic talents of top HBCU students from across the country. 

The layout of the competition consists of four-student teams facing off in head-to-head competition and quickly answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, math, the arts, pop culture, and sports. HCASC challenges students to expand their scope of knowledge on a wide range of topics while also helping to develop their leadership and collaboration skills. 

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Beyond the competition, Honda provides development seminars aimed at increasing career readiness and student empowerment. Students will learn interview tips, resume writing best practices, and ways to prepare for post-graduation success.

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The virtual HCASC Playoffs featuring the top 16 teams will stream live at HCASC.com starting at 1:00 PM EDT on March 20. Oakwood University will compete to secure its spot in the HCASC National Championship Tournament on April 10-12, and battle for the top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

This year, Honda will provide nearly $400,000 in institutional grants to the participating HBCUs with many of the schools utilizing the grants to fund student scholarships. More than 145,000 scholars have competed in HCASC since the academic tournament was established in 1989.

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