Baltimore, MD- - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s first African American athletic conference, has selected Baltimore as the official site of the 2021-2023 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Charlotte, NC, and Norfolk, VA, were among the three finalists who made in-person presentations to the CIAA Board of Directors in December.
“This is an exciting time for the CIAA as we have an opportunity to bring the basketball tournament to a new market, moving it closer to many of our northern institutions who have travelled to Charlotte for more than a decade,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “We are incredibly thankful for our partnership between the CIAA, the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) and we plan to continue this great relationship.”
The tournament has been held in Charlotte for the past 13 years and will remain in the city for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments.
The selection of Baltimore marks the first new location for the CIAA Basketball Tournament since 2005. From the tournament’s inception, the championship series has been held in Washington, DC, Norfolk and Richmond, VA, Raleigh and Greensboro, NC. Baltimore previously hosted the championship for one year, in 1951.
“The teams and cities that presented their bids to the Board of Directors were energetic and impressive. What stood out about Baltimore was their vision of how the CIAA Basketball Tournament could be woven into the fabric of the city. Also important was Baltimore’s commitment to provide scholarships for the CIAA institutions and overall support of the hotel and business communities,” said CIAA Board Chair and Fayetteville State University Chancellor Dr. James A. Anderson. Key community activities featured within the tournament, such as Education Day, the Career Expo and Toyota Fan Fest will continue in Baltimore as well.