Fisk University to Vie for National Championship of 32nd Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s Premier HBCU Academic Competition

Nashville, TN, March 15, 2021 – Hundreds of study hours and intense preparation have paid off for a team of scholars from Fisk University, who have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen Playoffs in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC). Now in its 32nd season, HCASC is America’s premier academic competition between students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through which Honda annually awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to the participating HBCUs. Due to the pandemic, HCASC will shift from in-person events to virtual tournaments. On March 20-21, Fisk University will compete in the HCASC Sweet Sixteen Playoffs with the goal of advancing to the National Championship Tournament, April 17-20.

This is the 22nd year Fisk University has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Cassondra Desiree Hanna, a Junior majoring in History from Pittsburgh, PA, Tony Coleman a Sophomore majoring in Finance & Economics from Chicago, IL, Perri Wedlock a Sophomore majoring in Biology from Cincinnati OH and Kyrin M. Turner a Sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from St. Louis, MO will represent Fisk University. Dr. Stafford W. Cargill will coach the team.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round knowledge-based program that enhances educational experiences and personal development opportunities for HBCU students. The program challenges students to expand their scope of knowledge on a wide range of topics while gaining lifelong learning skills, including leadership, collaboration, and sportsmanship. During games, students work together to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Outside of competition, students build camaraderie, network, and become friends for life.

Established in 1989 to recognize the academic talents of HBCU students, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge can be a platform to help students pursue their dreams. Fisk University aims to be the last team standing and win the top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

“Honda congratulates the students from Fisk University who demonstrate a passion for knowledge and learning that extends beyond the classroom,” said Alexandra Warnier, manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at American Honda. “For over 30 years, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has highlighted the academic excellence of HBCUs on a national stage. We look forward to crowning the 2021 HCASC National Champion and celebrating the achievements of these incredible students.”

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Sweet Sixteen Playoffs will be live-streamed on March 20 & 21 starting at 10:00AM EDT at

Honda’s Three-Decade Commitment to HBCUs
For over three decades, Honda has supported the success and dreams of HBCU students through initiatives like the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB). These programs have provided unforgettable experiences and opportunities for HBCU students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from other HBCU schools. Honda has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 students and awarded over $14 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs and facilities improvements.