- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Established 1912 Association NCAA Division Division II Members 12 Sports fielded 14 (men's: 7; women's: 7) Region Middle Atlantic States, South Atlantic States Headquarters Hampton, Virginia Commissioner Leon Kerry Website theciaa.com Locations
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. Recent addition Chowan University is the first non-HBCU to play in the conference. Conference teams participate in the NCAA's Division II. Teams in the conference are mostly from North Carolina and Virginia, though there is one each from Pennsylvania and Maryland. The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into the Northern and Southern divisions in all of the sports except track and field, cross country, and baseball. The CIAA recently partnered with the startup network Bounce TV to televise the association's sporting events beginning fall 2011.
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. Its founders 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 Frasher and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University.
The original members were Bowie State College, Elizabeth City College, Fayetteville State College, St. Augustine's College, St. Paul’s College, Shaw University, Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Union University.
The CIAA's legacy dates back to 1892 when Livingstone College and Biddle University (now Johnson C. Smith University) played in the first football game between two African-American colleges.
The CIAA was originally called the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The CIAA changed its name to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in December 1950.
St. Paul's College's football program was disbanded after the 1987 season. In 2002 it was revived for 3 seasons until its 2005 reestablishment of it football program in NCAA play.
St. Augustine's football program was gone for nearly three decades before it was reinstated in 2002. Shaw University reinstated its football program in 2003 after 24 years without one. Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was re-admitted into the CIAA. 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.
- track and field
- track and field
School Football Basketball Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity Bowie State Bulldog Stadium 6,000 A.C. Jordan Arena 2,200 Chowan Garrison Stadium 5,000 Helms Center 3,500 Elizabeth City State Roebuck Stadium 6,500 R. L. Vaughn Center 5,000 Fayetteville State Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium 5,520 Felton J. Capel Arena 4,000 Johnson C. Smith Irwin Belk Complex 4,500 Brayboy Gymnasium 2,316 Lincoln Avon Grove High School (Temporary) 3,000 Manuel Rivero Hall 3,000 Livingstone Alumni Memorial Stadium 5,500 William Trent Gymnasium 1,500 St. Augustine's Capital Stadium 3,000 Emery Gymnasium 1,000 Shaw Durham County Stadium 8,500 C.C. Spaulding Gym 1,500 Virginia State Rogers Stadium 13,500 Daniel Gymnasium 3,454 Virginia Union Hovey Field 10,000 Barco-Stevens Hall 2,000 Winston-Salem State Bowman Gray Stadium 22,000 C.E. Gaines Center 3,200
The CIAA annual Basketball Tournament is the third most attended athletic event in collegiate sports after the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East tournaments. It was the first NCAA Division II conference to have its tournament televised as part of Championship Week on ESPN. Over 165,000 fans attended the 2007 CIAA tournament.
The CIAA cheering squads practice Stomp 'N Shake that incorporates voice, gymnastics, and dance. Over the past few decades, S-N-S has evolved into a more technical style, priding itself on precision, accuracy, and creativity. Included in this style are the techniques of up-stomp, up-step, down-stomp, kick, side-kick, roll, roll-break, power-arms, slpaz-hand, clasp, blade, and the shakes(car-wash shake, single shake, double shake, hit-shake, and jiggle-pop).
Institution Squad name Bowie State University Golden Girls Chowan University Sapphires 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 St. Augustine's College 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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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division II football conferences
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association • Great American Conference • Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference • Great Lakes Football Conference • Great Northwest Athletic Conference • Gulf South Conference • Lone Star Conference • Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association • Northeast-10 Conference • Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference • Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference • Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference • South Atlantic Conference • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference • West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference • Independents
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