Paine Qualifies to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Nationals in California Students will Compete for $50,000 Top Cash Prize April 2-6, 2016

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/30/2016 10:53 AM

Alumni & Friends are Invited to Attend Send-Off Celebration Thursday, 11:30 am in Peters Campus Center

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga… March 30, 2016 – An elite group of Paine College students have qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held April 2-6, 2016 in Torrance, California.  Now in its 27th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Paine students completed a hard-fought journey that began during the fall 2015 semester and emerged as one of 48 teams who will compete for the top prize of $50,000.00.  The cash prizes are distributed to the HBCUs and not to the players and coach. 

Paine alumni in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to cheer on the Paine team during the round robin games on Sunday, April 3rd.  Paine alumni in Augusta and surrounding areas are encouraged to give a rousing send-off to the team that will be held Thursday, March 31st, 11:30 am, in the Peters Campus Dining Hall.  

Keith Brown, manager of the Lion’s Apparel and Internet Café, urges alumni to stop by and purchase Paine paraphernalia for the team.  “We want the pride of the Lion team to stand out amongst the participating schools,” said Brown. 

Of particular note, the Honda organization picked up the travel-related costs for four team members, however, the College must pay the costs for an alternate student, faculty and advisor.  

“I am really proud of this year's Paine College HCASC team,” said Dr. Catherine Adams, Coach.  “We have strong leadership from James Armstrong, a veteran HCASC player; Donnell Harris, a returning player who likes to read plays as a way to acquire historical and cultural knowledge; and our newest players Sonia Brooks and Uzetta Gresham, who rose to the challenge of regional tournament play and prepared for the national tournament.”  “The students are to be commended for their commitment to teamwork, knowledge and skill acquisition.” 

To learn how you can lend support to the Paine College Honda All-Stars, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu, or Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Tjwilliams@paine.edu, 706.396.7591.