Sign Up Deadline for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Tournament

To sign-up for YORK COLLEGE’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge competition, contact the Office of Student Activities AC-1E01.
When Oct 15, 2008
from 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Where AC-1E01
Contact Name
Contact Phone 718-262-2285
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"Honda Campus All-Star Challenge 2008"

    YORK COLLEGE will compete in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, the first-ever academic quiz competition for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Begun in 1989, over 50,000 students have competed in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.  The questions cover everything: from traditional academic areas, including science, literature, history, geography, religion, philosophy, social sciences and the arts to current events, general knowledge, sports and popular culture.  African American history and culture is also featured prominently.

    YORK COLLEGE is among eighty-nine schools eligible for this year’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.  Sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is sanctioned by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

    Competition at YORK COLLEGE begins with the campus tournament, scheduled to meet in the Office of Student Activities (Room 1E01) on Thursday, October 16 for the kick-off match. Round Robin play will proceed on October 21, 23, 28, 30 and the playoffs will take place on November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 during club hours (at 1:00 p.m. SHARP!!).  All students who compete are eligible for selection as a member of the varsity squad.

    Varsity squads advance to the National Championship Tournament, March 26 – March 30, 2009 in Orlando, FL.  The Nationals is the academic competition version of “March Madness.”  It features 320 college students, all gathered at one location, competing for their 64 colleges.

The 4-day Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Nationals involve much more than just the quiz games!  Students are treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience including: gala banquets with speakers and performers; a 15,000 square-foot student union with food, games and activities; Orlando theme park tours; and most importantly, the opportunity to meet, connect with and “make friends for life” among the other participants.  Institutions at the Nationals compete for a share of $328,000 in institutional grants from American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Last year, YORK COLLEGE was featured as one of the Strong 64 teams qualifying for the national competition in Orlando, Florida, where they met students from other HBCU’s.  We were fortunate to have Dr. Farley Mawyer of the York College Mathematics and Computer Science Department, volunteer as coach and mentor York’s second Varsity Squad of Scholars: Erick Timmons, who served as captain, Simone Lamont, Nicholas Hunt-Walker, Eric S. Collado, and Towsief Ahmed.  

With their participation, York’s Varsity Squad made this tournament a source of pride for YORK COLLEGE by bringing home a trophy to present to President Keizs. The goal is to make this an annual tournament at York. The veteran players are anxious to act as mentors for future students to participate in what has been a “life-changing” experience for many.