Charlotte’s ninth year for CIAA excitement begins this week, February 25- March 2, and consistently continues, day and night. The Black College Basketball Tournaments have become more than basketball, it extended to education, empowerment and more parties. The 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association offers predominately Black participants a week-long exhilarating and safe experience for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUhttp://www.hbcu.com) alumni, family and friends.
Education Day, Wednesday, February 26th, provides Charlotte’s middle and high school students the opportunity to meet, up-front and personal, representatives from CIAA member colleges and universities to promote interest in pursuing higher education. The event will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, 9:30 am. – 1:30 pm.
“The tradition of this event is a great reflection on the educational mission of the CIAA,” said Jacqui Carpenter, CIAA commissioner.
Career Expo Day, Thursday, February 27th, expanded to include graduate school recruiters and information for interested post-graduate students. A greater number of employers are participating this year for employment opportunities and empowerment, Charlotte Convention Center, 9am – 2 pm.
“The CIAA is focused on supporting our student athletes and ALL CIAA students in their future endeavors,” said Carpenter.
The energized and entertaining Step Shows, presented by Earthquake Productions, Greek competition on Friday, Feb. 28, middle and high school, Sat., March 1, at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings, 7:30 pm, highlights CIAA pride.
The FREE Toyota presented Fan Experience happens at the Convention Center, from the 27th to March 1st, that allows family-friendly activities, giveaways, concerts and celebrities. Thursday, Feb. 27th, Regina Belle, 8:30 pm and Jagged Edge, 9 pm. Yolanda Adams Morning Show, Friday, 28th, at 5:30 am, and Monica, Saturday, 6:30 pm. Coors Light sponsored 3 on 3 Tournament for all skill levels, Thursday and Friday, 7 pm and Saturday at 2.
Food Lion sponsored Saturday’s events, 8:30 am – 2 pm, at Time Warner Cable Arena, includes a cheerleading exhibition, DJ competition and crowning of 2014 MS. CIAA. Of course, Mr. CIAA will be sporting his latest, original, sharp,basketball team colors attire at the tournament games.
EVERYBODY’s having a party, Celebrity parties, Greek parties, Day parties, Night parties, Old school, New school and Generation X. Celebrities; Kevin Harthttp://www.kevinhart.com on Friday, Urban Gardens, 150 College, 9pm with Biz Markie and Saturday, at Vanity, 500 W. 5th. R. Kelly, Fri. 28th, Vanity, 9 pm, Lil Wayne, Saturday, Club Label in the Music Factory, Diddy, Future and Fabolous, Saturday, Sheraton Hotel, 555 McDowell, Rick Ross, Friday, Club Royale, 3930 Brookshire,8 pm. Visit Eventbrite online ticket services for admission information. Basketball tournament tickets available at CIAA website.
The Party with a Purpose benefits A Child’s Place which addresses Black homeless children in Charlotte, Saturday, 10 am -3 pm at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, $50 in advance or otherwise, $60.
Comedians Bruce Bruce, Arnez J, Earthquake, Dominique and Gary Owen at Bojangles Coliseum on Saturday evening.
Parties at all clubs in the Epicenter and the Music Factory, day and night, Old School at Excelsior, Claibornes, Lucid, Royale, Vibrations and even Coyote Joe's on Wilkinson, a nice spot where Blacks only go during CIAA. New School or Hip Hop at Clubs Caviar, Crave, 935 and Re Public.
Over 150,000 people will partake in CIAA’s numerous events, adding millions to the economy, millions for scholarships and celebrating this year’s theme, A Reunion.
Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the oldest African-American athletic conference and the largest Division II conference in the country. The CIAA conducts 16 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Hampton, Va., the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, St. Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University.