William Carey University
President Dr. Tommy King has been
elected to represent the Southern
States Athletic Conference (SSAC)
on the Council of Presidents
of the National Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Dr.
King will serve a three-year term and
will represent the interests of the
largest of the 24 conferences that
make up NAIA. The SSAC includes
15 schools in Alabama, Georgia,
Louisiana, Mississippi, and South
Established in 1937, the NAIA
is one of the oldest athletic
organizations in the U. S. and
includes nearly 300 four-year
colleges and universities. There
are 60,000 student athletes that
participate in 13 sports in the
institutions that make up the NAIA.
The most outstanding feature
of NAIA institutions is their
commitment to the “Champions
of Character” program, which
emphasizes the development of
integrity, respect, responsibility,
sportsmanship, and servant
leadership in the student-athletes.
As part of the program, the NAIA
teamed up with the American Red
Cross and State Farm Insurance
to establish the Red Cross/NAIA
Collegiate Leadership Program. It
offers student-athletes the chance
to receive a $2,000 scholarship
and participate in a two-week
internship at the American Red Cross
headquarters in Washington, D.C.,
for becoming an ambassador for
Champions of Character on their
respective campuses.
WCU made the switch from the
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
(GCAC) to the SSAC in 2010 after
being in the GCAC conference
for 28 years. The sports offered at
WCU include baseball, men and
women’s basketball, men and
women’s cross country, men and
women’s golf, men and women’s
soccer, men and women’s tennis,
men and women’s track and field,
softball, and cheerleading. Twelve
out of WCU’s 15 sports compete in
the SSAC conference, and over the
years, WCU has produced over 75
NAIA All-American Athletes. WCU’s
athletic teams have participated
in 35 NAIA national tournaments
and  have captured 39 GCAC
championships. They earned one
SSAC championship since the move
to SSAC two years ago.
King Elected
to Council of Presidents
Fall 2012 |
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