The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Awesome Conference!

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is one of the oldest 501 (C)(3) Non-Profit Organizations in the United States of America! 

The Non-profit has been around since 1912 and it has been very instrumental in helping students at majority Historically Black Universities and Colleges to receive the very necessary scholarships to help them with college costs.  

Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

This year's intercollegiate conference activities took place in Charlotte, NC.  The CIAA Organization states that in over a 10-year time span, the CIAA has generated over $325 million in economic empowerment for the city of Charlotte North Carolina.

In a little over a decade, The CIAA Conference has obtained $20 million in scholarships for its collegiate members; Johnson C. Smith University, Shaw University, Fayetteville University, Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Lincoln University, Livingstone College University, Saint Augustine's College, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston Salem State University.

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams  Photo Credit Metrolina Media

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams

Photo Credit Metrolina Media

The CIAA annually produces championships in the men's and women's sports in the categories such as cross country, volleyball, bowling, golf, baseball and softball.

This years CIAA Conference in Charlotte, NC proved to be a major event again for the city.  There were a whole host of events that took place during the week long conference. Supporters of the evening basketball games had a variety of daytime activities and restaurants they could patron before attending the evenings exciting games.

There were celebrity hosted day parties and celebrity hosted charity events and activities that definitely added to the cities economic empowerment.

It was great to have an opportunity to speak with successful graduates of historically black colleges and universities that attributed some of their success to their HBCU and its' unique environment.

VH1 Black Ink Crew Reality Star "Dutchess"  Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

VH1 Black Ink Crew Reality Star "Dutchess"

Photo Credit:  Metrolina Media

Black Ink Crew VH1 TV Reality Star Cristana "Dutchess" Lattimore attended a variety of celebrity charity inspired events during the week long CIAA athletic Conference.  As a fHBCU NC A&T graduate she stated, "The CIAA is a big part of her family.  She stated that it is always great to come to the CIAA because it is like being at a homecoming and family reunion at the same time!  The CIAA is big on academic success.  The  HBCU graduate is also big on academic success.  She and her sister, who also graduated from a HBCU provides scholarships to two deserving students, both of which are on the Dean's List!

The CIAA Basketball games and fun day activities were also great!  The games provided a lot of fun and excitement for families. Nevertheless, it's important for people to know that the ticket sales from the games are a crucial element that helps to directly fund the scholarships of the students at all of the universities and colleges. 

The support of the host city of Charlotte, the community and the corporate sponsorships by Coca-Cola USA, Nationwide, Food Lion, Toyota and Russell Athletic is a tremendous help to the students and the continued growth and success of the CIAA and all the colleges and universities supported by this Non-Profit Organization. For more information about the CIAA, log onto

Posted on March 27, 2017 .