CIAA Announces the Rebranding of its Annual Middle School Day Program

Morgan Hasty

Charlotte, N.C. (June 26, 2019) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces the rebranding of its annual Middle School Day Program to CIAA Middle School STEAM Day: Creating Leaders for Tomorrow.

The rebrand is an effort to generate more focus on the importance of promoting diversity within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and expose more youth to opportunities that exist within those fields.

"Culturally responsive teaching and STEAM go hand in hand. As educators find ways to tell a richer history of America by responding to the demands of an increasingly diverse student body, they are also exposing girls and certain ethnicities including Blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians to STEAM who are underrepresented in these areas," states Raukell Robinson, CIAA Education Day Director. "We then can motivate students to access their own needs, goals and cultural backgrounds to be authors and creators of their own futures."

The CIAA Middle School STEAM Day will take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 during the conference's annual men's and women's basketball tournament week in Charlotte. As program specifics are being finalized, the CIAA plans to continue having innovative, hands-on experiences for every student who attends, as well as live STEAM-related demonstrations. These initiatives are a part of the fabric of the CIAA. Long-time partners, NASA and Food Lion, have been avid supporters, offering many of these programs to the middle school students. Aligning the event specifically with STEAM allows the conference to specially target these programs going forward as well as create new partnerships and opportunities.

"The CIAA is intentional about promoting education, engaging the community, and creating opportunities for future generations," says Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner. "Adding the STEAM focus to our middle school day program is a natural progression in the evolution of this event; exposing and equipping our youth with the tools to become the leaders for tomorrow."

The CIAA introduced its first Middle School Day program in 2010, in efforts to support the demand to expand their former Education Day programing that focused on high school students.

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About the CIAA

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 16 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 13-member institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Clafflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln (Pa) University, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit For more information on the CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

NCCU Places Fifth in NCAA Community Service Competition

Kyle Serba

DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina Central University student-athletes completed 6,018 hours of community service in 2017-18 to place fifth among Division I schools in the annual NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition.

NCCU baseball finishes ranked No. 1 out of all participating NCAA Division I baseball teams. Other NCCU teams placing in the top-10 among Division I programs by sport are women’s volleyball in second, men’s basketball in third, women’s basketball in fifth, softball in fifth, football in seventh, women’s tennis in seventh, and men’s tennis in eighth.

“I continue to be amazed by our outstanding student-athletes and their commitment to community service,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “They understand the importance of giving back and it is preparing them to be better citizens and leaders.”

The NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition tracks service hours through the Helper Helper app and online portal, provides a team-by-team breakdown, and rewards top performers of the more than 200 NCAA participating institutions.
During the 2017-18 campaign, student-athletes in the NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition completed 412,280 hours of community service across the country.

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