Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association |
|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)|
Middle Atlantic States,|
South Atlantic States
|Former names||Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Commissioner||Jacqie McWilliams (since 2012)|
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a collegiate athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. CIAA institutions are affiliated at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Conference members are primarily located in North Carolina (eight) and Virginia (two). There is also one school from Maryland and another from Pennsylvania. Because a majority of the members are in North Carolina, the CIAA moved its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina from Hampton, Virginia in August 2015.
The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into Northern and Southern divisions in every sport except track and field, cross country, and baseball. The CIAA recently partnered with the startup network Bounce TV to televise sporting events and championships.
The CIAA, founded on the campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1912, is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the United States. It was originally known as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and adopted its current name in December 1950.
Founding leaders were Allen Washington and C.H. Williams of Hampton Institute; Ernest J. Marshall of Howard University; George Johnson of Lincoln University (PA); W.E. Atkins, Charles Frazier, and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University.
Football is experiencing a major resurgence after going through a period of decline at several member universities. Football was absent from the campus of Saint Augustine's University for nearly three decades, before getting reinstated by the administration in 2002. Shaw University then brought back its football program in 2003, following a hiatus of 24 years.
Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was readmitted to the CIAA after nearly three decades in Division III. Chowan University joined the CIAA in 2008 for football only. On October 14, 2008, the CIAA Board of Directors admitted Chowan as a full member effective July 1, 2009, the first non-HBCU to play in the conference.
The CIAA, founded in 1912, is composed predominantly of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
In 2014, a collection of records, including the original 1912 documents leading to the formation of the CIAA and meeting minutes from 1913 to 1922, were sold at auction after being discovered in a storage locker. The lot sold for $11,500 to an unnamed bidder.
|Bowie State University||Bowie, Maryland||1865||5,561||Bulldogs||1979|
|Chowan University||Murfreesboro, North Carolina||1848||1,316||Hawks||2009|
|Elizabeth City State University||Elizabeth City, North Carolina||1891||2,421||Vikings||1957|
|Fayetteville State University||Fayetteville, North Carolina||1867||5,000||Broncos||1954|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Charlotte, North Carolina||1867||1,500||Golden Bulls||1926|
|Lincoln University||Oxford, Pennsylvania||1854||2,650||Lions||1912;|
|Livingstone College||Salisbury, North Carolina||1879||1,200||Blue Bears||1931|
|Saint Augustine's University||Raleigh, North Carolina||1867||1,500||Falcons||1933|
|Shaw University||Raleigh, North Carolina||1865||2,800||Bears||1912|
|Virginia State University||Ettrick, Virginia||1882||4,900||Trojans||1920|
|Virginia Union University||Richmond, Virginia||1865||1,700||Panthers||1912|
|Winston–Salem State University||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||1892||6,000||Rams||1945;|
- Chowan — football was an affiliate member in 2008–09.
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
|A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W), bowling, football, softball, tennis (W), and volleyball.|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Elizabeth City State||4|
|Johnson C. Smith||7|
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Elizabeth City State||6|
|Johnson C. Smith||8|
- ‡ — D-I sport
Other sponsored sports by school
- Chowan (CC) — Soccer (M), Soccer (W) join Conference Carolinas in 2017.
- Shaw (IND) — Soccer (M), Soccer (W) begin play in 2017.
|Bowie State||Bulldog Stadium||
|A.C. Jordan Arena|
|Elizabeth City State||Roebuck Stadium||
|R. L. Vaughn Center|
|Fayetteville State||Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium||
|Felton J. Capel Arena|
|Johnson C. Smith||Irwin Belk Complex||
|Lincoln||Lincoln University Stadium||
|Manuel Rivero Hall|
|Livingstone||Alumni Memorial Stadium||
|William Trent Gymnasium|
|Saint Augustine's||George Williams Athletic Complex||
|Shaw||Durham County Stadium||
|C.C. Spaulding Gym|
|Virginia State||Rogers Stadium||
|Virginia Union||Hovey Field||
|Winston–Salem State||Bowman Gray Stadium||
|C.E. Gaines Center|
CIAA Basketball Tournament
The CIAA is the first NCAA Division II conference to have its tournament televised as part of Championship Week on ESPN. Over 100,000 fans and spectators are in attendance annually and it has become one of the largest college basketball events in the nation. During the week of the tournament, there are many social and celebratory events to entertain the thousands of alumni, students, fans and spectators in Charlotte, North Carolina.The last day of the tournament is known as "Super Saturday" in which the men's and women's tournament champions are crowned. The tournament has a $55 million economic impact on Charlotte each year.
One of the signature events of "Super Saturday" at the CIAA Basketball Tournament is the Cheer Exhibition. At the exhibition, CIAA cheer squads showcase elaborate themes and routines to entertain fans and display their talents.
|Bowie State University||Golden Girls|
|Elizabeth City State University||Dee-Lite Cheerleaders|
|Fayetteville State University||Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders|
|Lincoln University||Fe-Lions Cheerleaders|
|Livingstone College||La La's Cheerleaders|
|Saint Augustine's University||BlueChip Cheerleaders|
|Shaw University||Chi Chi Cheerleaders|
|Virginia State University||Woo Woo Cheerleaders|
|Virginia Union University||Rah Rah Cheerleaders|
|Winston-Salem State University||Cheer Phi Cheerleaders|
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- Raymond Schmidt, Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1919-1930 (Syracuse University Press, 2007) p133
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- "Chowan to Gain Associate Membership in Conference Carolinas for Five Sports". Chowan University Athletics. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
- "Shaw Athletics Announces the Addition of Men's and Women's Club Soccer". Shaw University Athletics. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
- "2007 CIAA Tournament Week is Largest Ever". CIAA. April 2, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
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