MVSU Qualifies for Prestigious Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament

February 21, 2017

Mississippi Valley State University has qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, a prestigious competition that showcases the academic prowess of the brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 48 student teams have qualified for this year’s National Championship Tournament, which will run from Saturday, April 8th through Tuesday, April 11th in Torrance, CA.

76 HBCUs vied for a spot at the Nationals.  After seven qualifying tournaments held in early February.  48 emerged from the group, earning the opportunity to compete for the title of “National Champion” and a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

“It is indeed an honor for our students to once again compete in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge,” said Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., MVSU president.  “Valley has some of the best and brightest students in the nation.  The HCASC competition is a great chance for our students to showcase their intellectual ability.”

Over the years, MVSU’s HCASC team has made it to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4 and 2nd round of the Championship Tournament.  Valley was also recognized as having a member to answer the most questions during a Tournament.

“Earning a seat at the National Championship Tournament is no easy feat, and we congratulate each and every student for displaying the drive and determination necessary to do so,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda. “Over its 28-year history, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has become a multi-generational community event, and we look forward to hosting the students and providing their families with an opportunity to watch them compete in California.”

The final round of the 2017 National Championship Tournament will be live-streamed on Monday, April 10th starting at 12:00 ET on

For more information on the 2017 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit  

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About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:
Celebrating HBCU academic achievement, 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 impacted the lives of over 100,000 HBCU students across 22 states.  Through Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands, an annual marching band showcase, Honda has awarded more than $10 million to support music and educational programs at America's HBCUs.