CIAA Not Just A Basketball Tournament – What’s it all about?


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Earlier this week kicked off the CIAA Basketball Tournament and many small business owners and organization leaders had the opportunity to speak with the new Commissioner of the CIAA, Jacqie McWilliams.  This took place at a wonderful breakfast event hosted, by Heirs of Legends Media.  Ms. McWilliams is the first African American female Commissioner of the CIAA. She gave a very insightful presentation on the history of the CIAA, the future plans for CIAA and it’s financial impact for the city of Charlotte.

CIAA originally stood for the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association.  It is the oldest African American conference in the nation.  It was founded in 1912 and is made up of 12 member institutions.  They include: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, St. Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University.

Overall the CIAA consists of a wide array of sports and has 3,000 student athletes.  The CIAA along with their corporate sponsors have given more than $10 million in scholarships to membership institutions.  The basketball tournament is the third most attended basketball tournament among all NCAA divisions.  It brings nearly $50 million to the Charlotte area and an estimated 190,000 visitors to the “Queen City”

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