TORRANCE, Calif., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In front of a packed studio audience consisting of top HBCU students, school presidents, HCASC alumni and Honda associates, Spelman College took home the championship title and a $75,000 institutional grant at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. Hosted on the Honda campus in Torrance, California, HCASC is the only program of its kind and provides a national stage for high-achieving HBCU students to advance their dreams. Each year, Honda awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs in addition to providing travel, meals and accommodations for the 48 teams.
In a two game sweep against Florida A&M University, the Spelman team demonstrated superior academic prowess, gameplay and teamwork by accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Spelman bested teams from 47 HBCUs and qualified for the National Championship Tournament after winning a series of regional competitions throughout the academic year.
The winning team was coached by Daniel Bascelli and includes Jessika Agyepong, Maati McKinney, Naomi Steplight, and team captain, Ariana Benson.
“Winning itself isn’t the only reward. It’s about bringing these students together and watching them represent their school in the best possible way,” said Daniel Bascelli, coach, Spelman College. “The spirit at Spelman is really strong. If you talk to the students, the feeling for Spelman, the feeling for HCBCUs and the support that Honda gives them is all a part of the pride that they feel.”