CIAA Tournament Wraps Up One Week of Basketball Fandom in Baltimore – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship ended a week in Charm City by crowning two new champions. For women, it’s Lincoln University. The men saw Fayetteville State University take home the title.

CIAA was the first black conference in the nation’s history. It last hosted a basketball tournament in Baltimore in 1952.

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Along with great basketball, the league has packed the past five days with rallies, exhibitions and musical performances.

“It was a great opportunity for us to really deliver a lot of really great content — not just on the venue to see really outstanding student-athletes, but in the community,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said.

Friday and Saturday, FanFest is a fan favorite.

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The free festival has drawn fans from across the state for them to enjoy before, during and after the big games.

McWillaims thanked Baltimore for being a great host, “As I’ve been saying all week, we really wanted B-more and you showed us how to do it.”

CIAA has taken additional steps to involve Charm City students in its festive activities.

During the week of the tournament, Virginia State University’s Woo Woo cheer team made a surprise visit to Edmondson Westside High School and School of Leadership for Young Women in an effort to inspire them to pursue college careers.

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Additionally, CIAA partnered with the nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet to distribute nearly 400 pairs of shoes to students at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School. CIAA Tournament Wraps Up One Week of Basketball Fandom in Baltimore – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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