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Bowie State Prepares to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship

Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament.  HBCU students have spent the school year diligently preparing and qualifying to compete in the national championship of this unique academic tournament, March 21-25, 2015, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition.

“Every one of the students that qualifies for the ‘Great 48’ is a champion in their own right,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda.  “Honda is proud to welcome this year’s class into an exceptional community of HCASC alumni that comes together each year to celebrate academic excellence.”                                                                                                         

Bowie State’s 2015 team is Chynna Keys, Captain, a senior from Bryans Road, MD; Jahlil Bennett, a sophomore from Paterson, NJ; Kayla Rayford, a sophomore from Inglewood, CA; and Carroll Reed III, a sophomore from Springdale, MD. Robert Batten coaches the team.

HBCU Alumni in the Los Angeles Area are invited to attend the Round Robin Games on Sunday, March 22nd from 8:30 am – 7 pm at the South Bay Marriott.  Click for HCASC NCT Guest Information.

The 2015 finals will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23rd starting at 12:00 ET on and other websites.

For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit  Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook ( and Twitter (, using #HCASC.

About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. 

Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states. 

HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.  A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Clark Atlanta University alumnus and ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain in 2001.