Lincoln University to Vie for National Championship of 32nd Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, America's Premier HBCU Academic Competition

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. — Hundreds of study hours and intense preparation have paid off for a team of scholars from Lincoln University who have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen Playoffs in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.

"We're proud to have these scholars represent the University and advance the Lincoln legacy," said coach Brian Dubenion, who is the associate vice president and dean of students. "Their hard work in the classroom and for this competition has paid off, and I hope the entire Lincoln community will continue to support them."

Now in its 32nd season, HCASC is America's premier academic competition between students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities through which Honda annually awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to the participating HBCUs.

Due to the pandemic, HCASC will shift from in-person events to virtual tournaments. On March 20-21, Lincoln University will compete in the HCASC Sweet Sixteen Playoffs with the goal of advancing to the National Championship Tournament, April 17-20.

This is the 12th year Lincoln University-Pennsylvania has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.

The 2021 Lincoln University Team:

Etana Laing —Captain—A junior from Pittsburgh majoring in history and Pan-Africana studies

Dmitri Yearby—A senior from Washington, D.C., majoring in finance

Glenn Hall— A senior, Washington, D.C., majoring in mass communications

Heavenly Ward—A freshman from Middle Island, New York, majoring in criminal justice

Destiny Epps – A freshman from Hillside, New Jersey, majoring in business management

In addition to Dubenion, the team is coached by Grace Rush, a program assistant in the Office of Student Life.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round knowledge-based program that enhances educational experiences and personal development opportunities for HBCU students. The program challenges students to expand their scope of knowledge on a wide range of topics while gaining lifelong learning skills, including leadership, collaboration, and sportsmanship. During games, students work together to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts, and pop culture. Outside of competition, students build camaraderie, network, and become friends for life.

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.