After 16 rounds of challenging questions, incredible answers, and nail-biting finishes, 8 teams have emerged victorious and will face off in two rounds of play followed by a best-2-out-of-3 championship series today at Honda Headquarters in Torrance. The “Elite 8” are: Southern University Baton Rouge, Tuskegee University, Hampton University, Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, Jackson State University & Spelman College.
You can watch them compete for the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Championship live at HCASC.com, starting at 12 noon EST, 9 am PST.
Round Robin Recap
The second day of Round Robin competition came to an end, with the top two teams from each divisions advancing to become the “Sweet 16.” In addition to the “Elite 8,” the “Sweet 16” teams also included: North Carolina A&T University, Tennessee State University, Howard University, Paine College, Dillard University, Oakwood University, Fisk University, and North Carolina Central University.
HCASC Class of 2019
For the 54 graduating seniors who are competing, this year marks their last as HCASC players. We’ll miss seeing them during gameplay, but we’re excited to see what comes next for them as they move on and follow their dreams.
4-year HCASC player Meghan Sowersby, a senior communications major at Cheyney University, has been selected as a summer fellow for the distinguished International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) in New York City. The nine-week fellowship is for communications-related majors to receive hands-on experience and career-planning advice. Sowersby will have a one-week orientation, and then spend 8 weeks working in the linear television ad sales department for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Sowersby is thankful for HCASC. “HCASC has helped me articulate myself and broaden my horizons as I study a wide range of subjects to prepare for competitions, and it’s helped me become a team player.” Sowersby has a special message in this, her last year as a player. “Thank you Honda for everything you’ve done; you’ve helped me build a network, friends for life, and I’ll be back as a volunteer.”
Meghan isn’t the only senior with exciting things on the horizon. Alabama A&M University senior Indonesia Jordan will head to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she’s been accepted into a PhD program; Morgan State University Senior Jasanya Oluwakayode will be interning at Morgan Stanley.
HBCU Alumni Visitors
We love when HBCU alums come support their schools at the NCT. This year’s Round Robin audience members included Brianna, an Elizabeth City State University grad who works at one of the hotels where HCASC volunteers stayed this week. When she saw them wearing their HBCU gear, she asked what event they were attending, and decided to come watch her school compete. FAMU’s 4-year player, Kimberlyn Elliott (2012-2016) and a member of the 2016 championship team, joined the team on her birthday. The Los Angeles Tuskegee Alumni Club stopped by to catch a few Golden Tiger matches.
On the Agenda
Today is the final day of the 2019 HCASC National Championship Tournament! Watch live, starting at 9 am Pacific, at HCASC.com.