Charlotte, NC (September 30, 2016) – The Queen city is at risk of losing millions as another athletic organization threatens to pull out over House Bill 2.
In a meeting held by the 12 members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors, a decision was reached to immediately relocate 8 of the 10 North Carolina-based conference championships.
The organization hosts the CIAA basketball tournament in Uptown Charlotte. the event brings more than 200,000 participants to the city and more than 50 million dollars to the economy.
For now, they stated that due to time constraints, and contractual obligations, the 2017 CIAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament will remain in Charlotte as relocation would not be in the best interest of the membership and its student-athletes at this time.
But, they said the relocation of 8 championships, is the organization’s first step in “demonstrating that the conference does not support laws which prevent communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans.”
The Board will continue its discussion on hosting future championships in North Carolina and whether the tournament will remain after 2017.
In a statement officials said,
“The CIAA Board recognizes that a single decision cannot offer a complete solution to a law that prevents communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans attending championships and events.
The conference intends to increase its educational efforts to eliminate biases that exclude or marginalize any human being, regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or physical disability.
The Board’s decision allows the conference to fight against any measures which prevent the fulfillment of its mission to foster inclusive cultures for its student-athletes. With the student-athlete experience in mind, the conference is committed to protecting all of its championship events.”
Official announcements from the CIAA regarding new championship locations will be forth coming.