Honda Delivers 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition Serial Plate 001 to Sweepstakes Winner; Fan-driven Project Supports the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

  • Honda Civic Type R Omaze sweepstakes generated over $500,000 in grants to support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and HBCU students
  • Serial Plate 001 identifies the vehicle as the first U.S. 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition
  • Winner's sweepstakes grand prize package included exclusive racetrack drive experience with IndyCar driver, Colton Herta:

Honda today announced that the keys for the very first U.S. 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition (Serial Plate 001) went to Utah native, Zander L., winner of the Honda Civic Type R Omaze sweepstakes. As part of the sweepstakes grand prize, the winner also was awarded a once-in-a-lifetime racetrack experience with Honda IndyCar driver, Colton Herta:


With entries from more than 41,000 Civic Type R fans, the sweepstakes raised over $500,000 to support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in the form of grants from CAF America, that will benefit a wide range of programs supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and students. These include student development initiatives andthe Foundation's COVID-19 HBCU Emergency Fund, which supports students in areas such as mental health, housing, food insecurity and technology. Honda has a more than 30-year relationship with HBCU schools. 

"We're grateful to everyone who helped us raise over a half million dollars in grants to support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund through the Honda Civic Type R Omaze sweepstakes," said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion & Diversity Divisions, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This is truly a win-win result, with a loyal Honda fan winning our pinnacle Civic Type R and HBCUs receiving much-needed assistance at a time when the students and schools need extra support due to the community impact of the COVID-19 pandemic." 

"The overwhelming contribution we've received through the Honda Civic Type R Omaze sweepstakes will help support our HBCU communities as well as student development initiatives that prepare young, Black talent for successful careers," said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of TMCF. "These programs work to bridge the gap between technology and business acumen, which is critical in leveling the playing field for HBCU students."

"As a diehard Honda fan and past Civic owner, winning the very first Civic Type R Limited Edition in the U.S. is beyond my wildest dreams, and having Colton Herta personally guide me around the track was one of the greatest experiences of my life," said Zander L., winner of the Type R Omaze grand prize. "I'm so grateful that I took a chance and entered – this is truly once-in-a-lifetime."

Sweepstakes Donations Help Support HBCUs
Honda has supported the success and dreams of HBCU students for over three decades through initiatives like Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands. Since 2018, 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.

In addition to supporting TMCF's COVID-19 HBCU Emergency Fund, funds raised through the Honda Civic Type R Omaze sweepstakes will support TMCF's Learning Management System (LMS) and The Pitch programs. LMS provides nearly 7,000 HBCU students with training modules on critical soft skills, which are particularly helpful to first-generation students who are the first in their families to attend college or pursue a corporate career. The Pitch is the signature event of TMCF's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, which helps cultivate a new generation of Black founders, innovators, and business leaders.  

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
The 2021 Phoenix Yellow Limited Edition Civic Type R that represents Serial Plate 001 in the U.S., is the very first of only 600 Limited Edition models to be sold in the U.S. market. It is the latest version of Honda's pinnacle Civic Type R, which continues to impress enthusiasts around the globe. The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition features various engineering and feature changes to maximize its performance, without sacrificing the performance and daily-driving manners of the high-performance Type R. Full vehicle details can be found, here.

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF, visit:

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda's electrified vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, Insight hybrid-electric sedan, and the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 38 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2019, more than 90 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Omaze
Omaze is an online fundraising platform that offers the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support nonprofits around the world. Through the Omaze platform, the Omaze community has raised over $150M to support over 400 charities, driving substantial levels of awareness for their work. Omaze experiences raise funds for Charities Aid Foundation America ("CAF America"), a US-registered, 501(c)(3) public charity, who then grants the donations, minus experience fees and costs, to the nonprofit(s) identified for an applicable experience.

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