HAMPTON, Va. (June 27, 2019) – Hampton University reaches the Elite 8, competing in the National Championship Tournament (NCT) of the 30th Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC).
“We are extremely proud of our students for reaching new heights. This competition is a great opportunity for Hampton University to showcase the world-class education our students receive at this illustrious university,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The HCASC is a fast-paced buzzer competition, which highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.
Hampton University competed in the National Championship Tournament, which took place in Torrance, California in April. At the competition, 48 HBCUs competed for prize money from Honda. HU student, Aris Fulton, of Charlotte, NC, was the highest scorer from her division. She lead her team to the Elite 8.
“This competition was really exciting. All the goals we worked for and everything we prepared for. All we wanted to do this year was make the stage, no matter what and we exceeded that goal. I am satisfied. I literally don’t think we could have done a better job,” said Fulton, player.
Hampton University Team Roster for Year: 2019
1. Clarence Stevens (Captain), Senior, Psychology. NJ
2. Aris Fulton (Player), Senior, Communicative Science and Disorders, NC
3. Jamari O’Neal (Player), Sophomore, Physics, Washington, DC
4. Austin Woods (Player), Junior, Business-Administration, MI
5. Sarah-Anne Leverette (Coach), VA
“Advancing to the Elite 8 was always a dream of mine and to see it happen brings me immense satisfaction. Our team was blessed with dedicated players like Captain Clarence and Aris and Jamari, whose knowledge base proved to be a deciding factor for many games. We had to compete against five teams in the Black Division and then make it through the Sweet Sixteen. Throughout the year we also traveled to Elizabeth City, Durham and Richmond to scrimmage against ECSU, NCCU, VUU and Howard. We couldn’t have done it without so much support from former players and alumni,” said Leverette.
HCASC is a year-round program that centers on academic excellence, community service, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship. It includes campus engagement, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star recognized the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience.
For more information about HCASC, go to www.hcasc.com. Games at this level in the competition were filmed at the Honda studios and can be viewed on the HCASC website and YouTube.