By Tanisha Morris
For Lincoln University, the 2013 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference is going to be exceptionally special with it falling during the school’s first Spring Break. Instead of extravagant trips or just staying home, many students are making their way to Charlotte, North Carolina for the tournament.
“Last year I didn’t go because I would have had to miss class in order to be down there in time,” said Krissy Figueroa, “but because of the break, I will just leave straight from school.”
Even alumni are excited about the conference. Many have bags packed excited to root on their school in this year’s tournament.
“This year is actually better because everyone thought that we wouldn’t be in the position we are now,” said Rick Glover of the men’s basketball team, “We are tied for first place in our division.”
The CIAA makes sure they focus on academics as well as sports. The conference recognizes the academic achievement of its student-athletes. Each year, the CIAA names its top student-athletes to the “Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.”
Away from the sports, there is much to do in the town of Charlotte the week of CIAA. There is a week of parties and events for students to attend.
“I hope it is as fun as everyone hyped it up to be,” said first time attendee Diosado Sima.
There are also a variety of events that aren’t just for partying but for networking purposes. One of those is the Tournament Week Media Mixer which will give students the chance to mingle with local journalists and media professionals.
Speaker Daymond John and founder and CEO of FUBU, will also be hosting a forum entitles “Taking your Business to the Next Level: A Conversation with Daymond John.” It is designed to help students make helpful business connections.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) originated in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association. It is the first African-American athletic conference in the country.
The week long tournament includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) covering the east coast; from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
This membership includes Lincoln University, Bowie State University, Shaw University, Chowan University, Virginia State University, Fayetteville State University, Elizabeth City State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Virginia Union University, Saint Augustine’s College, and Winston-Salem State University.