National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
NAIA member institutions primarily fit the profile of smaller, private schools known more for academic excellence than athletic prowess. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience, placing academic achievement above athletic excellence.The organization also places importance on providing equal opportunities for all student-athletes.
The NAIA currently has 11 championship sports for men and 10 for women. Men's championship sports are: cross country, football, soccer, basketball (two divisions), swimming and diving, indoor track and field, wrestling, baseball, golf, tennis and outdoortrack and field. Women's championship sports are: cross country,tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball (two divisions), swimming and diving, indoor track and field, golf, softball and outdoor track and field.
NAIA bowling has begun to rise again - and has the opportunity to once again be a bowling pioneer. The popularity of collegiate bowling is increasing nationwide, with varsity bowling a reality at the NCAA level for women and a growing possibility at the NAIA level.
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