This is the 99th year of the formation of the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and this year’s 66th annual basketball tournament will be held the week of February 28 through March 5, 2011, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
The CIAA Tournament moved to the city of Charlotte in 2006, and by 2009 a new tournament economic impact record was set with over $38.2 million poured into the local economy.
“We look forward to returning to Charlotte for our sixth consecutive CIAA Tournament,” says Leon Kerry, CIAA Commissioner. “We’ve welcomed back Lincoln and Winston-Salem State University to the CIAA, signed Toyota as our new automotive partner and continued living up to our reputation of providing our fans with an action-packed week of great basketball and fun-filled activities and events. Our fan’s loyalty is unquestionable. Their constant support of the Conference and our Tournament shows their passion for the CIAA, which is important as we prepare for the 100th anniversary of the CIAA in 2012.”
The 2011 activities are marked by women’s and men’s basketball tournaments, alumni strolling from their Uptown hotels to the arena in their college colors and regalia, an abundance of day parties and nighttime events, and traffic challenges on Tryon Street. VIP sightings are standard, and one greatly anticipated celebrity is Mr. CIAA, Abraham Mitchell of Suffolk, Virginia. He is a staple at the games, wearing color coordinated suits and accessories representing the CIAA schools’ colors.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association was founded in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the nation. The conference is divided into Northern and Southern Divisions in all sports except baseball. The CIAA annually sponsors 16 men’s and women’s championships. The eight men’s championships include football, cross country, indoor track, basketball, golf, tennis, baseball, and track & field. The eight women’s champions are bowling, cross country, volleyball, indoor track, basketball, softball, tennis and track & field.
Comprised of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, conference member schools include Bowie State University, Chowan University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Elizabeth City State University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s College, Saint Paul’s College, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. CIAA headquarters are in Hampton, Virginia, and the Board of Directors includes the 13 Presidents and Chancellors of its member institutions.
Tickets are available at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Call 1-800-745-3000 for information.
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