Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shaw University Bears and Lady Bears take the CIAA Championships

Shaw University's Men's Baskbetball team in Raleigh, NC defeated Livingstone College 72 to 69 to win the CIAA Mens Basketball this past weekend in Charlotte, NC.  Shaw University's Women's Basketball team also defeated Johnson C. Smith 62 to 56 to win the CIAA Women's Basketball Tournament.   Both the Shaw women's and men's basketball teams have been selected to play in the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is an athletic conference consisting of thirteen historically African-American institutions of higher education: 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 College, St. Paul's College, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University, all working together to set an overall standard of excellence.

Established in 1912, the CIAA is the nation's oldest black athletic conference, rich in history and heritage. The CIAA is entering its ninety-ninth year of athletic competition in which they will continue to reap success and recognition on the field and on the court. The presence of the CIAA as a premiere member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, continues to expand throughout the country. Expansion of television broadcasts has resulted in nationwide coverage of football and basketball contests, as well as the annual CIAA Basketball Tournament. Increasing competitiveness in other sports is also leading to recognition of CIAA member schools as athletic powerhouses. The reputation, in conjunction with the academic success of our athletes, is a proud legacy for the CIAA.

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.


Bowie State
Elizabeth City State
Lincoln (PA)
Saint Paul's
Virginia State
Virginia Union

Fayetteville State
Johnson C. Smith
Saint Augustine's
Winston-Salem State

For more about the CIAA, visit http://www.theciaa.com/.

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