Bestselling author and former NAIA baseball pitcher Dan Sanders stated everything rises or falls on leadership in his keynote address during the NAIA Annual Luncheon. (Video)
The 70th Annual Convention started with a bang! On April 16, four past and current NAIA student-athletes shared their stories about successes and experiences at an NAIA institution, in front of an audience of 400. (Video)
Two titles were decided Tuesday, March 15, in NAIA women’s basketball competition. One was determined on the floor at the Tyson Events Center as Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa, duked it out with Davenport University of Grand Rapids, Mich. And one was determined at the Sioux City Convention Center kitchen. Executive Chef Al Clark of Distinctive Gourmet called Kai Schmidt’s recipe for Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies the winner in the Journal’s first NAIA recipe contest. Here is that story…
Fresno Pacific (Calif.) men’s and women’s tennis has been in the No. 1 spot in NAIA ratings for a stretch and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) swept NAIA Player of the Week honors this week…and we have a long way to go before singles and doubles players make their way to Mobile, Ala. for the 2011 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships, May 17-21, 2011, contested in the Mobile Tennis Center.
Last week USF honored the 2011 NAIA National Championship Runner-up University of Saint Francis men’s basketball team at Hutzell Athletic Center. The school also retired the number 31 jersey of star senior DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis.
Thousands of NAIA student-athletes recently wrapped up an exciting winter sports season. There was a Cinderella story out of Kansas City when Pikeville knocked off five top-10 seeds in their run at a NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship title. Cornerstone University won the hearts of many when the team’s MVP handed off his trophy to a young boy with cancer and teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference dominated the pool scene. We’ve recapped the NAIA’s winter national championships below and hope you’ll take some time to learn more about the student-athlete experience.
NAIA winter championships are in full effect and in the next two weeks top teams in NAIA Division I and II Men’s and Women’s Basketball will compete in what’s coined College Basketball’s Toughest Tournaments. Each host site will feature 32 teams, 31 games and 1 national champion! It’s wall-to-wall basketball! We hope you’ll take some time to explore NAIA hoops in the coming weeks.
When she takes the court with her headphones on, bopping her head to her favorite of Lil Wayne, Chasity Workman is ready to play the game that she loves with the team that she loves.