The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
) is an athletic association that organizes college
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-level athletic programs. Membership in the NAIA consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States. The NAIA allows colleges and universities outside the USA as members. The NAIA has four members in Canada and at one point had one in the Bahamas, which made it the only international intercollegiate athletic association in North America until 2009. For the 2010-11 academic year, the NAIA has 290 member institutions. Currently, the headquarters are located in Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. It encompasses in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties...
. The NAIA sponsors 23 national championships. The CBS College Sports Network, formerly called CSTV, serves as the national media for the NAIA.
In 1937, Dr. James Naismith
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and local leaders staged the first National College Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The goal of the tournament was to establish a forum for small colleges and universities to determine a national basketball champion. The original eight-team tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1938. On March 10, 1940; the National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB) was formed in Kansas City, Missouri.
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, the NAIB was transformed into the NAIA, and with that came the sponsorship of additional sports such as men's golf, tennis and outdoor track and field. Football
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in the NAIA was split into two divisions in 1970, based on enrollment (Div. I & Div. II); it was consolidated back into a single division in 1997.
In 1948, the NAIB became the first national organization to open their intercollegiate postseason to black student-athletes. That same year, Indiana State
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coach John Wooden brought the first African-American student athlete to play at the national tournament.
The association furthered its commitment to African-American athletes, when in 1953, it became the first collegiate association to invite historically black colleges and universities
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into its membership. In 1957, Tennessee State
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became the first historically black institution to win a collegiate basketball national championship.
The NAIA began sponsoring intercollegiate championships for women in 1980
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, the first coed national athletics association for four-year colleges to do so. There were programs for women in basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. The National Junior College Athletic Association launched its women's sports division for two-year colleges in 1975.
In 1997, Liz Heaston
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became the first female college athlete to play and score in a college football game
The 1997 Linfield vs. Willamette football game was a college football game between the and the played on October 18, 1997. The game was played at McCulloch Stadium in Salem, Oregon. Willamette won the game by a score of 27 to 0...
when she kicked two extra points.
The NAIA sponsors 13 sports in which it conducts 23 annual championships (12 for men, 11 for women). The association conducts, or has conducted in the past, championship tournaments in the following sports (year established):
- Division I (1937)
- Division II (1992)
- Division I (1981)
- Division II (1992)
The NAIA basketball championship is the longest-running collegiate National Championship of any sport in the United States. The tournament is the brainchild of Dr. James Naismith, founder of the game of basketball; Emil Liston, athletic director at Baker University; and Frank Cramer, founder of Cramer Athletic Products. It began in 1937 with the inaugural tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO.
The 2011 tournament is the 74th edition of what has been tabbed as College Basketball’s Toughest Tournament. Basketball is the only NAIA sport that competes in divisions.
The NAIA Baseball World Series is a double-elimination tournament held annually in Lewiston, Idaho, to determine the baseball champion of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics .-Results:...
- Bowling (discontinued) (1962–1978)
- Cross Country
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics men's cross country team champions.*1956 South Dakota State*1957 Howard Payne *1958 Emporia State *1959 Emporia State *1960 Southern Illinois*1961 Emporia State...
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women's cross country team champions.*1980 Wisconsin-Parkside*1981 Adams State *1982 Marquette *1983 Simon Fraser *1984 Wisconsin-Eau Claire*1985 Portland...
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship is decided by a post-season playoff system featuring the best NAIA college football teams in the United States. Under sponsorship of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the championship game has...
- Men's (1952)
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has sponsored a women's golf championship since 1995. The 72-hole tournament began in 2001.-Winners of the NAIA women's golf championship:*1995 Lynn *1996 Lynn *1997 Tri-State...
- Gymnastics (both discontinued)
- Men's (1964–1984)
The NAIA sponsored a women's gymnastics championship between 1981 and 1988, when it was discontinued.-National Champions:-All-Time Individual Champions:ALL-AROUND1981 Kim Buron, Adams State CO1982 Stacey Aberle, Minot State ND...
- Ice Hockey
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics held a men's national ice hockey championship from 1968 to 1984 when ice hockey was dropped as an NAIA sport.-Winners of the NAIA national ice hockey championship:...
-Previous winners:* - Co-Champions.+ - Davis & Elkins vacated second place due to an ineligible player^ - Park vacated second place due to an ineligible player1963 Title game canceled due to Snow-Players:...
This is a list of NAIA women's soccer champions.-Winners of the NAIA national women's soccer championship:...
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women's Softball Championship...
See also NAIA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships and AIAW Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.- Championship :- Records :YARDSMETERS- External links :*...
- Women's (1981)
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics men's tennis team champions....
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women's tennis team champions....
- Indoor and Outdoor Track
- Men's Indoor
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has sponsored a men's indoor track and field championship since 1966.-Winners of the NAIA men's indoor track and field championship:*1966 Southern-Baton Rouge *1967 Southern-Baton Rouge...
- Men's Outdoor
NAIA team championships for Men's Outdoor Track and Field- Champions :*1952 Abilene Christian*1953 South Dakota State*1954 Abilene Christian*1955 Abilene Christian*1956 Occidental*1957 Occidental*1958 Occidental*1959 Winston-Salem*1960 Winston-Salem...
- Women's Indoor
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has sponsored a women's indoor track and field championship since 1981.-Winners of the NAIA women's indoor track and field championship:*1981 Jackson State *1982 Texas Southern...
- Women's Outdoor
NAIA team championships for Women's Outdoor Track and Field- Champions :*1981 Texas Southern*1982 Prairie View A&M*1983 Prairie View A&M*1984 Prairie View A&M*1985 Prairie View A&M*1986 Prairie View A&M*1987 Prairie View A&M*1988 Prairie View A&M...
- Women's Volleyball
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women's national volleyball championships...
- Men's Volleyball (original run 1969-1980; a "recognized" sport since 1999)
- Water Polo (discontinued)
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national collegiate wrestling champions:-Wrestling Team Champions:*1958 Mankato State *1959 Mankato State *1960 Bloomsburg State *1961 Lock Haven State...
- Men's Lacrosse
- Women's Lacrosse
- Cheer and Dance
- Men's Volleyball
- Men's Bowling
- Women's Bowling
The NAIA has 23 member conferences, including 11 that sponsor football, and an association of independent institutions.
- American Mideast Conference
The American Mideast Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics that includes eight member institutions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Founded in 1949, it was known as the Mid-Ohio League, and named the Mid-Ohio Conference from 1962...
- American Midwest Conference
The American Midwest Conference is a NAIA college athletic conference with nine member institutions located in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri in the United States.-Members:Notes:...
- Appalachian Athletic Conference
The Appalachian Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference that competes in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II competition. Members of the conference are located in the Southeast United States in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia...
- California Pacific Conference
The California Pacific Conference is a college athletics conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics . The conference commissioner is Don Ott. Conference leadership is shared among the member institutions. The conference president is Themy Adachi of Mills College. The...
- Cascade Collegiate Conference
The Cascade Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Member schools are located in the Northwestern United States. Its basketball teams compete in Division II, the lower of the two levels of NAIA basketball competition. ...
- Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Its 14 members are located in the Midwestern United States...
- Frontier Conference
The Frontier Conference is a college athletic conference, founded in 1952 and affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in the northwestern United States, in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Utah....
- Golden State Athletic Conference
The Golden State Athletic Conference is a college athletics conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics . The conference commissioner is Cliff Hamlow of Azusa Pacific University. Conference leadership is shared among the member institutions. The conference was formed in...
- Great Plains Athletic Conference
The Great Plains Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota...
- Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA's Division I. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, USA....
- Heart of America Athletic Conference
The Heart of America Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in the United States....
- Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. It is commonly called "The Kansas Conference", and as the name implies, all members are located in Kansas...
- Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is a collegiate athletic conference with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics...
- Mid-Central College Conference
The Mid-Central College Conference is an athletic conference composed of NAIA private Christian colleges in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio . The current conference commissioner is J. D...
- Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics . Its nine member institutions are located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.-Members:...
- Mid-South Conference
The Mid-South Conference is an athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky....
- Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC)
- Red River Athletic Conference
The Red River Athletic Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics . The conference's 14 member institutions are located in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Pending acceptance of their application to the conference, a 15th member, the University...
- Sooner Athletic Conference
The Sooner Athletic Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics . Its 12 member institutions are located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas....
- Southern States Athletic Conference
The Southern States Athletic Conference is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. The 16 member universities compete in 13 sports in the NAIA. Basketball teams compete in Division I of the NAIA.-History:...
- TranSouth Athletic Conference
The TranSouth Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference for smaller colleges and universities located in the Southern United States...
- The Sun Conference (TSC)
- Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC)
- Central States Football League
The Central States Football League is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Oklahoma and Texas and compete only in football...
- Dakota Athletic Conference
The Dakota Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. As the name implies, member teams are located in the states of North Dakota and South Dakota.-History:...
- Mid-States Football Association
The Mid-States Football Association is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio. The MSFA was organized in 1993, and on-field competition began in 1994...
Awards and honors
Al Ortolani Scholarship (ATA)
The $500 undergraduate scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student trainer who is at least a junior and has maintained a GPA of 3.00.
Athletic Trainer of the Year
Presented to the NAIA-ATA member Athletic Trainer who has provided substantial service to student-athletes, the association or the member institution.
Charles Morris Award
The award was initiated in memory and honor of past Associate Executive Director Charles Morris. The award is presented annually to recognize Conference, Region and a National Administrator of the Year.
The recipient should exemplify the loyalty and enthusiasm Charles Morris had for the NAIA. Nominees must be active as an administrator at a member institution or in conference/regional committee organizations.
Clarence "Ike" Pearson (SIDA)
Given annually to a member of the NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association to honor outstanding contributions to the profession. The award is named for the former statistical crew chief of the NAIA men's basketball national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.
Coach of Character Award
The NAIA Coach of Character Award is an annual award given to a head coach of an NAIA institution.
The nominee must be employed by the institution a minimum of 5 years and must be clearly outstanding
in embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, methods of teaching
character through sport, and community leadership through volunteering, service or other means.
A.O. Duer Award
Named in honor of the NAIA's former executive secretary for his 26 years of service to the Association. The A.O. Duer Award emphasizes our policy of scholarship in athletic programs. The award is presented annually to a junior men's and women's student-athlete in any sport who has excelled academically as well as athletically.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.00 scale)
and be in her/his junior year academically.
Emil S. Liston Award
The founder of the NAIB and the first executive secretary of the NAIA, Mr. Liston was a prime mover behind the men's basketball tournament. The award is annually presented to a junior men's and women's basketball player who has shown athletic and scholastic achievement.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) and be in her/his junior year academically. Each award consists of a $1,000 scholarship presented to the recipient’s institution to be used for tuition and approved expenses and an appropriate award is presented to the honoree.
Hall Of Fame
The NAIA Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor presented by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Nominees must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, fine leadership ability and must be held in high esteem by their colleagues, former coaches and former athletes.
Larry Lady Officiating Award
The NAIA Larry Lady Officiating Award is presented annually to an official of any sport recognized by the NAIA. It is named in honor of Larry Lady, current NAIA Supervisor of Officials for basketball, football and baseball. Nominees must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, fine officiating ability and be held in high esteem by their colleagues, administrators and athletes.
The recipient will receive an award of $500 to be used by recipient, a member of the recipient’s family or
family friend who attends an NAIA institution.
NAIA-CTSA "All That's Right in Sport" Award
The Citizenship through Sports Alliance (CTSA) and the NAIA have partnered to annually honor one NAIA institution, team or individual for actions that have clear connections to sportsmanship, and bring with them outstanding stories that motivate and inspire. All Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award Winners, as well as institutional nominations, are eligible for this special recognition. The recipient (up to 2 team/institutional representatives) will be provided round-trip transportation to the awards ceremony
held in conjunction with the annual CTSA Awards Banquet.
Dr. Leroy Walker Character Award
This award was created to honor Dr. LeRoy Walker a former president of the NAIA and President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee.
The nominee must be a representative of an NAIA institution as a student-athlete. The nominee must be at least a junior academic status at the nominating institution at the time of nomination, and must be “outstanding” in academic achievement (3.0 G.P.A or higher), campus leadership, community leadership, embracing the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.
The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash award to the institution scholarship fund of recipient’s choice. The
recipient also receives a specially engraved plaque/revere bowl as a permanent memento of the award.
Wally Schwartz Award
The Faculty Athletic Representative Association has initiated this award to honor past Vice-President of Legislative Services, Wally Schwartz. The Award will annually recognize Conference, Independent and a National FAR of the Year. The recipient should exemplify the loyalty, enthusiasm, and honesty that Wally Schwartz had, and still has, shown on behalf of the NAIA.
Athletic Director of the Year
Presented annually to the top athletic director who excels in the areas of budget development, facility development, promotion of student-athlete academic achievement, involvement in the Champions of Character initiative, athletic success, and service to the NAIA or community.