Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence!

For years, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has produced some of the most exciting tournament action in college basketball, and this year is no different.

The CIAA is made up of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) along the East Coast, including Virginia Union University, Bowie State University in Maryland and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. This year, the athletic conference is celebrating 100 years of promoting scholarship and sportsmanship in the community.

In addition to the action on the court, the community can participate in the CIAA’s Fan Experience presented by Verizon Wireless. Basketball enthusiasts can test out the latest technology on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, check out the latest products and services, meet “Celebrating Your Story: Powering Your Network” honorees Marvin Sapp and Laz Alonso, and more.

“Celebrating Your Story” is a unique online program in which Verizon Wireless spotlights seven influential African-American leaders who have made an impact in the community. This year’s program influencers include Pastor Marvin Sapp, Dr. Steve Perry, DJ Beverly Bond, actor Laz Alonso, The Three Doctors, and sports figures Tia Norfleet and Malcolm Jenkins. Stories can be viewed online at www.verizonwireless.com/celebratingyourstory.

At the Fan Experience, WSOC anchor and reporter Erica Bryant will receive the HopeLine Hero Award for her work to raise awareness to end domestic violence in the Charlotte area. And, in honor of her dedication, HopeLine® from Verizon will present a grant to United Family Services. Through HopeLine, consumers can donate no-longer-used wireless devices to support domestic violence victims and survivors. Donated devices are recycled or refurbished through the program and turned into support for victims in the form of phones loaded with free minutes or cash grants, which are then used to support domestic violence organizations nationwide.

Join us as we wish a happy 100th anniversary to CIAA! Here’s to many more years of helping basketball players excel in the field and the classroom.