The CIAA will air Classic Championship games on its network

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Charlotte, NC (October 3, 2019) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) will contribute to the national celebration of 150 years of NCAA college football with a new series entitled “Live The Legacy Classic Championship Games.”   The nation’s first African American athletic conference will air classic championship football games, releasing a different game each Thursday over the next five weeks, on the CIAA Sports Network. The series will launch next week with the 2006 title tilt between Elizabeth City State University and former CIAA member NC Central University.

“It’s the ultimate Throwback Thursday,” said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner.  “The Live the Legacy Classics are a fun way to share our history with our alumni and fans and to let member schools and athletes relive their glory days.  We uncovered the footage while searching our archives and are excited to share the championship games with our alumni and fans via the CIAA Sports Network. It aligns with the nationwide celebration of 150 years of college football for which the CIAA has a long and rich history.”

The “Live the Legacy Classic Championship Games” series will feature contests between the CIAA’s Northern and Southern Divisions.  The first edition, slated to air this week, features defending champs NCCU (10-0, 7-0 CIAA) against ECSU (9-1, 7-0), vying for its first-ever conference title. It was a game that that was decided in the final moments and included a record-setting performance by kicker Brandon Gilbert.

The Classics series will include additional championship and bowl game match-ups exclusively on the CIAA Sports Network which can be viewed on multiple online platforms, via the CIAASN app and OTT (Android, Roku, Apple TV,  and FireTV).

Since 2016, the CIAA Football Championship games have been played at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The conference will crown its 2019 champion in Salem with festivities around Virginia’s Blue Ridge on November 16, 2019. 

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 celebrates the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament – an event that has become a must-see in the African-American community.  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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