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Prairie View A&M Wins 2015 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

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The Prairie View A&M team accept their trophy from Honda executives

The Prairie View A&M team accept their trophy from Honda executives

March Madness may be still going on, but March’s other collegiate competition has already wrapped up, with Prairie View A&M University winning the 2015 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship title.

Prairie View’s winning team was comprised of team captain and senior Joseph M. Dowell, senior Brannon A. Billings, sophomore Eric Cole Johnston, and freshman Chayse Lavallais. In addition to the title and trophy, the four students combined to earn their school a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda.

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“Coach Thomas and his team could not be more deserving of this victory,” said Prairie View A&M University President George C. Wright. “Prairie View is honored to help shine a light on the ways that HBCUs all across the country are helping young people realize their dreams.”

This was the second time in the HCASC National Championship Tournament’s 26-year history that Prairie View bested 47 other teams to win the title. The seven other finalists from this year’s “Elite Eight” consisted of Alabama State University, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania , Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and Tennessee State University.

“Honda congratulates Prairie View and all of the student competitors, volunteers, staff and fans who helped make this year’s competition truly unforgettable,” said Steve Morikawa, American Honda’s Vice President of Corporate Community Relations. “We are very proud of the healthy, competitive spirit that was on full display throughout the event, as well as the enduring bonds that players formed between matches. We hope they all remain friends for life.”

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Cheyney University-Pennsylvania finished second, earning the school a $25,000 institutional grant, while third and fourth place finishers Alabama State and Norfolk State earned $15,000 each.

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