A Message from the President

December 14, 2020

CIAA Basketball Season & Tournament Cancellation

I would like to make the Bowie State University community aware that the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) today announced the cancellation of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons, which were set to begin January 9, to include the 2021 CIAA Basketball Tournament in Baltimore.

The CIAA Board of Directors also voted to cancel the women’s volleyball season, which had been moved to the spring from the fall. I support the board’s decision due to growing concerns related to COVID-19, which makes the health and safety of our student-athletes, administrators and the entire community the number one priority.

The CIAA does plan to engage alumni, students, and fans through a virtual experience during what is traditionally tournament week in the last week of February. The platform will feature a host of ancillary events – including several cornerstones of tournament week, such as CIAA Fan Fest and the CIAA Step Show. More details, including a full schedule of events, interactive fan promotions, and other activations, will be released later.

A decision on spring seasons and championships will be provided later as the conference and its membership continue to monitor the COVID-19 landscape, while following current federal, state, local, NCAA and campus guidelines.