CIAA cancels indoor track and women’s bowling championships

From the CIAA:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After careful consideration, the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), in conjunction with its Athletic Directors Association (ADA), has voted to cancel its indoor track and field and women’s bowling championships.

Additionally, the Board of Directors approved the cancellation of all women’s bowling regular season competition, as recommended by the CIAA Bowling Coaches Association and the ADA.

“After much discussion with our coaches and athletic directors, the Board, in consultation with the conference staff, decided in the best interest of our membership and student-athletes not to host championships for indoor track & field and any competition for women’s bowling,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “These are tough decisions we have had to make with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and administrators being at the forefront.  With institutions not having their own facilities for either sport, adequate health and safety measures could not be guaranteed.”

Each school that sponsors indoor track and field will have the autonomy to schedule competition throughout the season, if desired, to allow teams and student-athletes the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship meet, should it take place.

The conference continues to proceed with plans for men’s and women’s basketball, as previously announced. Regular season and championship schedules for both will be provided later.

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About the CIAA

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first and longest running, African American athletic conference in the U.S. and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. In 2020, the conference celebrated the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament – an event that has become a must-see in the African American community. The Basketball Tournament has been honored as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, for both 2018 and 2019. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Chowan University is an associate member in football and women’s bowling.  For more information on the CIAA, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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