CHARLOTTE, NC (WRIC) — The 12 members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors have decided to move 8 of 10 North Carolina-based conference championship games.
In a press release the conference said that due to time constraints and contractual obligations, the 2017 CIAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament will remain in Charlotte as relocation would “not be in the best interest of the membership and its student-athletes at this time.”
The CIAA said their decision to move the 8 championships is the first step in demonstrating that the conference does not support laws to protect student-athletes and fans.
The CIAA said they will focus their resources to enhance the student-athlete experience in-venue with collaborative efforts aligning with the Charlotte community to highlight diversity, inclusion, youth education, and leadership.
At present, the board is continuing to discuss the future of championships in North Carolina and whether the tournament will remain after 2017.
The CIAA Board said that they recognize that a single decision cannot offer a solution to a law that prevents communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans while saying that they hope to increase educational efforts to eliminate biases that exclude or marginalize people.
Official announcements from the CIAA regarding new championship locations will be forthcoming.