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Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Join Together to Combat the Pandemic

TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- At the end of March, nearly 250 students and coaches from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were set to travel to California to compete for the national championship title in the 31st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America's premier academic competition for HBCUs. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda made the difficult decision to cancel the HCASC National Championship Tournament for 2020, reallocating funds from the program to partner with HBCUs and support their local communities.

Honda has joined together with 58 HBCUs?including the 48 HBCUs that would have competed in the HCASC National Championship Tournament?on a COVID-19 relief initiative to address immediate needs within their communities. With funds redirected from the 2020 HCASC program, the HBCUs have made donations to charitable organizations in their local communities that address key needs including food insecurity and medical support for families, senior citizens, and the homeless. The donations also have funded medical supplies and personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers in HBCU communities. Since May 1, Honda has provided a total of $325,000 to HBCUs, in turn helping them serve 108 organizations in 20 states.

"In these unprecedented times, our commitment to HBCUs is stronger than ever," said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. "We know that recent events have presented challenges for HBCU communities, and we're working closely with HBCU presidents and local leaders on ways to best serve their communities."

Addressing Food Insecurity and Health Concerns

Here's a look at how the funds from Honda are supporting HBCU communities, as told from the perspectives of HBCU students, presidents and institutional representatives:

Honda's Three-Decade Commitment to HBCUs

For over three decades, Honda has supported the success and dreams of HBCU students through initiatives like the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB). These programs have provided unforgettable experiences and opportunities for HBCU students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from other HBCU schools. Honda has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 students and awarded over $12 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs and facilities improvements.

To advance its leading investment in HBCUs, Honda also is a member of the HBCU Partnership Challenge, an initiative by the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus that brings together government, industry and HBCUs to create strategic, more sustainable HBCU partnerships. Honda also has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide annual scholarship funding to support HBCU students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields. Honda awarded five scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
For more than 60 years in the U.S., Honda has been committed to conducting its business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. In addition, Honda strives to strengthen our communities in many ways, by giving back to society and the communities where its associates work and live. Accordingly, Honda believes in helping people reach their life's potential through its focus on helping children heal, inspiring underrepresented students, preserving the environment for future generations, Safety for Everyone and strengthening our communities. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/.


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