CIAA 2016

February 22- 27, 2016

Time Warner Cable Arena

Uptown, Charlotte, NC

The CIAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament is one of the nation’s premier sporting and cultural events. Hosted in Charlotte, the CIAA Tournament is touted as the third most attended basketball tournament among all NCAA divisions. CIAA Tournament Week draws attendees from across the country and offers an array of events covering every social palate including great basketball, parties, free concerts, fashion shows, numerous educational and healthy-living components, step shows, and a battle of the bands.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the nation. Although the membership has changed since 1912, the CIAA consists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. The membership: 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, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University is comprised of both private and public colleges and universities with enrollments ranging from 750 - 7,000 students. Currently, eighty percent of CIAA alumni reside in District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.

The conference holds championships annually in the following sports: Men's and Women's Cross Country; Volleyball; Football; Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track; Men's and Women's Basketball; Women's Bowling; Men's and Women's Tennis; Golf; Baseball and Softball. In addition to its outstanding basketball history, the CIAA pioneered the divisional conference football championship game format. In 1970, after dividing the conference into Northern and Southern Divisions, the CIAA played the first conference football championship game in college football history in Petersburg, Virginia. The first black college football game was also played between CIAA schools, Livingstone College and Biddle (now Johnson C. Smith University) in 1893.

Academic success is a staple of the conference. The CIAA recognizes the academic achievement of its student-athletes annually by naming its top student-athletes to the Commissioner's All-Academic Team. The conference also recognizes the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for student-athletes who have excelled on the field and in the classroom.


Notable events

1. CIAA Toyota Fan Fest - Come enjoy free fun at the 2016 CIAA Toyota Fan Fest Live inside the Charlotte Convention Center, Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Saturday, February 26, 2016. Experience celebrity meet-n-greets and free concerts!

2. CIAA Education Day takes place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The High School Program will be held from 9:30am – 1:00pm, while the Middle School Program will be from 10:30am – 1:30pm. The event is free to students from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, as well as surrounding North Carolina counties and other states. Visit for additional information and resources.

3. CIAA Career Expo – The CIAA Career Expo will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Charlotte Convention Center (Ballroom) on 501 South College Street in Charlotte NC. Professional development sessions will take place from 9:00am – 11:00am.

Support the Home School:

Vote for Ms. Livingstone College as the ‪#‎CIAA2016 Food Lion Miss CIAA! This year, the Queen with the most votes will secure a $1000 donation for their local food bank, courtesy of Food Lion Feeds. Check out bios and videos for each of CIAA school Queen's at

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