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2020 HBCU Challenge cancelled due to COVID-19

August 7, 2020 update -- We are saddened to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The announcement follows delays in the state of North Carolina’s reopening plan, which has affected our WakeMed Soccer Park home, plus the start of the school year and fall sports for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). The MEAC, CIAA, SIAC and SWAC Conferences – home to more than 40 HBCUs and nearly every one of the team participants in previous Challenges – have all cancelled their fall sports seasons, as has Hampton University of the Big South Conference and most others.


The NSAF deeply appreciates those who were instrumental in getting this event started and have been vital in sustaining it since then:

The 5th edition of this event in 2013 was special as we honored Mr. Walker (mentioned above, who passed in March, 2013) for his years of service to the Challenge, the Foundation and to our sport in general. 

2019 Race in Review: Return of NCAT men, 1st time for Fay State women

HBCU team photos by Chris Coleman.

At left, the champion Fayetteville State U. women; at right, the victorious North Carolina A&T State men.

The Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge featured an intriguing mix of the “old” and the new. The “old” included North Carolina A&T State regaining the men’s team title they lost last year and the Aggies’ G’Jasmyne Butler (at right) winning her 2nd straight individual crown. On the other hand, new to the top of the podium was Fayetteville State U. in the women’s team race and Mathew Chesum (lower right) in the men’s individual battle.

2018 Race in Review

2017 Race in Review




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