National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in North America. For the 2018–2019 season, it has 251 member institutions, of which two are in British Columbia, one in the U. S. Virgin Islands, the rest in the conterminous United States; the NAIA, whose headquarters is in Kansas City, sponsors 26 national championships. The CBS Sports Network called CSTV, serves as the national media outlet for the NAIA. In 2014, ESPNU began carrying the NAIA Football National Championship. In 1937, Dr. James Naismith and local leaders staged the first National College Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City—one year before the first National Invitation Tournament and two years before the first NCAA Tournament; the goal of the tournament was to establish a forum for small colleges and universities to determine a national basketball champion. The original eight-team tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1938. On March 10, 1940, the National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball was formed in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1952, the NAIB was transformed into the NAIA, with that came the sponsorship of additional sports such as men's golf and outdoor track and field. Football in the NAIA was split based on enrollment; the 1948 NAIB national tournament was the first intercollegiate postseason to feature a black student-athlete, Clarence Walker of Indiana State under coach John Wooden. Wooden had withdrawn from the 1947 tournament; the association furthered its commitment to African-American athletes when, in 1953, it became the first collegiate association to invite black colleges and universities into its membership. In 1957, Tennessee A&I became the first black institution to win a collegiate basketball national championship; the NAIA began sponsoring intercollegiate championships for women in 1980, the second coed national athletics association to do so, offering collegiate athletics championships to women in basketball, cross country, gymnastics and outdoor track and field, softball and diving, tennis and volleyball.
The National Junior College Athletic Association had established a women's division in the spring of 1975 and held the first women's national championship volleyball tournament that fall. In 1997, Liz Heaston became the first female college athlete to play and score in a college football game when she kicked two extra points during the 1997 Linfield vs. Willamette football game. Launched in 2000 by the NAIA, the Champions of Character program promotes character and sportsmanship through athletics; the Champions of Character conducts clinics and has developed an online training course to educate athletes and athletic administrators with the skills necessary to promote character development in the context of sport. In 2010, the association opened the doors to the NAIA Eligibility Center, where prospective student-athletes are evaluated for academic and athletic eligibility, it delivers on the NAIA’s promise of integrity by leveling the playing field, guiding student-athlete success, ensuring fair competition.
Membership – The NAIA was the first association to admit colleges and universities from outside the United States. The NAIA began admitting Canadian members in 1967. Football – The NAIA was the first association to send a football team to Europe to play. In the summer of 1976, the NAIA sent Henderson State and Texas A&I to play 5 exhibition games in West Berlin, Nuremberg and Paris; the NAIA sponsors 14 sports. The NAIA recognizes three levels of competitions: "emerging", "invitational", "championship"; the association conducts, or has conducted in the past, championship tournaments in the following sports. Men's Basketball Division I Division II Women's Basketball Division I Division II The NAIA men's basketball championship is the longest-running collegiate National Championship of any sport in the United States; the tournament was the brainchild of creator of the game of basketball. The event began in 1937 with the inaugural tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO; the 2017 men's championship marked the 80th edition of what has been tabbed College Basketball’s Toughest Tournament.
The tournament has awarded the Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player award since 1939, as well as the Charles Stevenson Hustle Award, the basis for Pete Rose's nickname, given to him by Whitey Ford. Basketball is the only NAIA sport in which the organization's member institutions are aligned into divisions. Effective with the 2020–21 school year, the NAIA will return to a single division for both men's and women's basketball; the NAIA has 21 member conferences, including 9 that sponsor football, the Association of Independent Institutions. Central States Football League Mid-States Football Association Al Ortolani Scholarship The $500 undergraduate scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student trainer, at least a junior and has maintained a GPA of 3.00. Athletic Trainer of the
Robert V. Geasey Trophy
The Robert V. Geasey Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding basketball player in the Philadelphia Big 5, an informal association of college athletic programs in Philadelphia, United States, it does not represent the entire regular season's most valuable player. It is granted by the Herb Good Basketball Club. Members of the Philadelphia Big 5 are La Salle University, the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University and Villanova University. General Sports Staff of the Philadelphia Daily News.. The Big 5-0: The Big 5 Turns 50. Philadelphia Daily News. ISBN 1-58822-051-6Specific
Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Atlantic 10 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the conference's inaugural 1976–77 season, when the conference was known as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League but popularly known as the Eastern 8. David West of Xavier is the only player to have won the award three times. Four other players—James Bailey, Earl Belcher, Greg Jones and Steven Smith—have won the award twice. Two players—Marcus Camby and Jameer Nelson —have won the award in the same season that they were named the Naismith College Player of the Year or received the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's two most prestigious men's college basketball awards; as of 2018, Temple has the most all-time winners with ten, but the Owls left for the American Athletic Conference in July 2013. Among schools remaining in the conference beyond 2013, Saint Joseph's and UMass have the most winners, with five each.
There have been three ties in the award's history. Four current member schools have had no winners—Dayton, George Mason, VCU. However, of these schools, only Dayton and Fordham were A-10 members before 2012
Davenport University is a private, non-profit, multi-location university with campuses throughout Michigan and online. It was founded in 1866 by Conrad Swensburg and offers associate's, bachelor's, master's degrees. Davenport's W. A. Lettinga Main Campus is located in Michigan; the main campus includes student organizations, residence halls, athletic programs. The predecessor to the modern Davenport University was founded in 1866 by Conrad G. Swensburg, a Union Army Veteran who returned to Michigan from the Civil War; the college, located in downtown Grand Rapids, opened with sixteen students as the Grand Rapids Business College on January 25, 1866. The college offered courses in various office skills, such as bookkeeping, business law, arithmetic; the college operated under various names and in several locations in Grand Rapids throughout its early history. By 1910 the college was on the verge of closing. Michael E. Davenport, a new teacher at the school, reinvigorated the remaining staff and took over the school's leadership in an attempt to revive it.
The school gained accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1976 and grew during the mid to late 1900s and expanded with campus locations across Michigan. Davenport University's W. A. Lettinga Main Campus is located in Michigan; the campus contains three academic buildings, a field house/student activities center, two suite style residence halls, one traditional style residence hall with a full cafeteria. The Richard M. DeVos and Jay Van Andel Academic Center is the main academic building on the campus; the 140,000 sq ft building was complete in 2005 at the cost of $23 million. It includes state-of-the-art classroom and technology space and was constructed to look like a large office building in concert with Davenport University's focus on business and health degrees; the facility includes academic advising, career services, university offices, the campus bookstore and spirit shop, a café and dining location, the Margaret D. Sneden Library.
The Robert W. Sneden Center, completed in 2010, is an $8.5 million 41,000 sq ft academic and arts extension connecting to the existing DeVos and Van Andel Academic Center. The extension features additional classroom and technology space, faculty office space, a modern 220-seat auditorium; the Donald W. Maine Business Building is a state-of-the-art business building designed to incorporate multi-media technology; the Donald W. Maine College of Business building will be more than 60,000 square feet. Additionally, a new Entrepreneurial Center will provide individuals seeking to start and grow businesses right here in West Michigan opportunities to consult with professionals at each stage in the process; the Student Center opened in 2008 and became the fourth LEED certified building on the main DU campus. The 87,000 sq ft. facility houses meeting rooms, student social areas, Student Life Office, the Student Center Café- a third on-campus dining area, fitness center with indoor rock climbing wall and suspended a running track, an indoor basketball and volleyball court.
The Field House is connected to the Student Center and is a 1,500-seat arena that serves as the home for DU Panthers men's & women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, Davenport is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II. In addition to national team championships in competitive cheer, lacrosse and soccer, plus individual championships in track & field, Davenport's men's and women's teams include baseball, cross country, football, softball, tennis and wrestling. In recent years DU has undergone a transition from a commuter and online business school to include characteristics of a traditional university; the school has increased its athletic program, athletic facilities, student life facilities. Davenport has three residence halls on the main campus, with an off-campus apartment complex. Peter C. and Pat Cook Residence Hall or Cook Hall was the first residence hall constructed on campus. Fred and Lena Meijer Residence Hall is a five-story residence hall on the DU campus, offers apartment-living style rooms for on campus students much like Cook Hall.
South Residence Hall is a four-story residence halls. South Hall is the residence hall for Freshman students living on campus; the hall includes a large dining area. One off-campus apartment complex is called Panther Woods, features four buildings; the other off-campus apartment complex features three buildings. Built near the W. A. Lettinga Main Campus, Davenport University's new Farmer's Athletic Complex was dedicated in March 2013, it features home fields for the school's baseball and softball programs as well as eight courts for the school's tennis programs. In 2016 Davenport finished building its new outdoor facility hosting a new football stadium, soccer field, 9 lane track and field complex. Along with this facility came an athletic support building housing new athletic offices, training room, locker rooms, weight room. In addition to the main campus, Davenport University offers classes at other locations throughout Michigan including a Corporate Campus in Grand Rapids.
Naismith College Player of the Year
The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of Dr. James Naismith. First awarded to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are placed in the final ballot; the final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging. The winners receive the Naismith Trophy. Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively.
Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut are the only three-times winners, while seven others won it twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years. Two award winners were born in United States territories: Alfred "Butch" Lee, born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Tim Duncan, born in the U. S. Virgin Islands; the only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were: Andrew Bogut, born in Melbourne, Australia.
Patrick Ewing, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Buddy Hield, born in Freeport, Bahamas. Three of these players were developed at least in the U. S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood, Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12, Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas. Duncan did not move to the U. S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah. Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while Connecticut has had the most female winners, with ten awards won by six individuals; the award has been won by a freshman three times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019 List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award Official website
Julius Erving Award
The Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award is an annual basketball award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men's collegiate small forward. Following the success of the Bob Cousy Award, awarded since 2004, the award was one of four new awards created as part of the inaugural College Basketball Awards show in 2015, it is named after NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team player Julius Erving. The inaugural winner was Stanley Johnson. Official website
America East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The America East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, known as the Kevin Roberson America East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, is a basketball award given to the America East Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1979–80 season, the first year of the conference's existence. Nine players have earned the award multiple times. Only three, have been named player of the year three times: Reggie Lewis of Northeastern, Taylor Coppenrath of Vermont, Jameel Warney of Stony Brook; the award was named in honor of former winner Kevin Roberson of Vermont after he was killed by a drunk driver in his hometown of Buffalo, New York in May 1993. Vermont has had the most all-time awards with 11. Northeastern, Stony Brook, Boston University are second with five, while four other schools have at least two awards apiece. In terms of individual winners, Vermont and BU are tied for the lead with five each. There has been one co-player of the year award tie.
Coincidentally, it was the first year. A Boston University left for the Patriot League in 2013. B Delaware and Hofstra all left in 2001 to join the Colonial Athletic Association. Northeastern left for the CAA in 2005. C Colgate left in 1990 to join its football team in the Patriot League. D Holy Cross left in 1983 to join the MAAC; the Crusaders are now in the Patriot League. E Siena left in 1989 to join the MAAC. "America East Conference Players of the Year". America East Communications. Retrieved 12 September 2009