CIAA Earns Silver in NACMA “Best Of” Awards

Washington, DC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) earned silver recognition in the 2017-18 National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) "Best Of" awards, as announced at the annual conference on Saturday evening.

The CIAA was recognized in the Digital Video Segment category with their submission of the 125th Anniversary of Black College Football highlight. The video is a historical celebration of the first-ever recorded HBCU football contest which was played between two CIAA member institutions – Johnson C. Smith University, then named Biddle University, and Livingstone College.

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best Of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 14 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. In 2017-18 nearly 1,000 entries were submitted through the NACMA Community.

The full list of award winners may be found at

About the CIAA

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 13 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit For more information on the CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.