Some Great Expectations Of CIAA 2017

By Jerry Clark

The northeast states of North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia are where one of the brightest collegiate conference operates. Generating much exposure for excellent athletes, it is a unique conference supported by media and major corporations. It is one with the destiny of African American higher education, having been founded in 1912 and the oldest conference of its kind.

CIAA is short for Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, having 12 member schools in all located in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The conference belongs to Division II NCAA. Some best things in college sports are being awaited for, especially in the upcoming CIAA 2017 schedule. There are are shows, sports events and celebrity guests for its loyal fans, and Bounce TV has recently signed up as a media partner.

With a very unique tradition found on the freedom of African American to be educated, it has a great drive when it comes to collegiate sports. It has garnered new corporate sponsors and has left the old HQ for a newer one in Charlotte, NC in 2015. There are some eight campus locations in North Carolina, where students participate in a total of sixteen sports for both women and men.

The members are all historic and known for their sterling qualities, having fought courageous battles for the rights of students and the society of educated women and men. The membership list will include, Elizabeth City State U, Fayetteville S. U., Bowie and Chowan. They are joined by Lincoln, Johnson C. Smith University and Livingstone College.

Winston Salem State, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Saint Augustine University complete the club. What with its unique history, the conference has gone through the uptimes and downtimes, but has always come out as a conference to watch out for, playing an NCAA division that is perhaps the most competitive. 2017, to reiterate, will be something of a banner year for the conference.

Many people have long seen this conference as a crown jewel in college sports, what with the exceptional value it brings. Since coming to Charlotte, the league has created a sort of sports renaissance for the city, playing host to exceptional visiting athletes, professional and amateur. There are also a great many celebrity appearances that brighten up event and celebrations.

Fan experience is always great here, and this can be had from website featuring the upcoming schedules for 2017. Many games are still being finalized, but the professional and college ball games will be there for the most loyal fans. Charlotte, of course, is the grand venue for the majority of events in 2017 CIAA Tournament.

Many visitors, numbering tens of thousands, are expected this year. This year had a record number of visitors, and the projections this year will probably set a new record as well. This has been part of the hard work among participating schools, organizers, players and fans that create the magical sports experience that has come to be recognized as unique to the city and conference.

Two official arenas for events are the Spectrum and the newly refurbished Bojangles. The primary concern is to host all projected events this year. The Charlotte Center retains the major official venue status and it has that well known address at the center of the city of Charlotte.

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