In case you didn't know the #CIAA
was founded on the campus of #HamptonInstitute
) in #1912
, is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the United States. It was originally known as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and adopted its current name in 1950.
Founding leaders were Allen Washington and C.H. Williams of Hampton Institute; Ernest J. Marshall of #HowardUniversity
; George Johnson of #LincolnUniversity
(PA); W.E. Atkins, Charles Frazier, and H.P. Hargrave of #ShawUniversity
; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of #VirginiaUnionUniversity
Football is experiencing a major resurgence after going through a period of decline at several member universities. Football was absent from the campus of Saint Augustine's University for nearly three decades, before getting reinstated by the administration in 2002. Shaw University then brought back its football program in 2003, following a hiatus of 24 years.
Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was readmitted to the CIAA after nearly three decades in Division III. Chowan University joined the CIAA in 2008 for football only. On October 14, 2008, the CIAA Board of Directors admitted Chowan as a full member effective July 1, 2009, the first non-HBCU to play in the conference.
The CIAA, founded in 1912, is composed predominantly of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (#HBCU
) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
On August 27, 2012, the CIAA announced the appointment of Jacqie Carpenter, the first African-American female commissioner to hold the position.
In 2014, a collection of records, including the original 1912 documents leading to the formation of the CIAA and meeting minutes from 1913 to 1922, were sold at auction after being discovered in a storage locker. The lot sold for $11,500 to an unnamed bidder.
Conference members are primarily located in North Carolina and Virginia . There is also one school from Maryland and another from Pennsylvania. Because a majority of the members are in North Carolina, the CIAA moved its headquarters to #Charlotte
from Hampton, #Virginia