CIAA Expecting a Record-High Number of Attendees to Education Day Programs featuring NASA

Over 8,500 high school and middle school students expected to attend

Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Within seven hours of registration opening for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) 2018 Education Day, the event reached capacity with over 8,500 middle and high school students being registered to attend. This is a record-high number of attendees in the history of the event.

The Middle School Program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and expose students to STEM programming and career opportunities. The High School Program is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 28 and will focus on setting and achieving goals, higher education opportunities, as well as offer qualifying students on-the-spot admission to one of the CIAA’s 12-member schools. Registration for both events is closed.

New this year is the Middle School Program being held at Ovens Auditorium. This allows students to enjoy the men’s and women’s basketball games at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Attendees across programs will hear from CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams, Mayor of Charlotte Vi Lyles, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox, NASA Aerospace Engineer DJ Scientific, and NCAA Executive Vice President for Inclusion and Human Resources Dr. Katrice Alpert, to name a few. There will also be a panel discussion, hands-on demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and Virtual Reality, as well as a college/vendor fair. 

"We’re looking forward to another fun, informative and insightful CIAA Education Day, where every student has the opportunity to realize their dreams,” said Raukell Robinson, director of CIAA Education Day. "Each year, our goal is to help provide students with access, resources and the opportunity to make decisions that will positively impact their futures, communities and families. For the past 10 years I’ve been involved in the coordination and implementation of this event, we’ve continued to do just that.”

“Although the CIAA is an athletics conference, education is our number one priority,” said Commissioner McWilliams. “Education Day provides a wealth of knowledge to the students who attend. Some will become first generation college students, paving the way for other family members to follow. Some will find clarity on what studies they want to pursue, or learn how to set goals and achieve them. Those types of impact are why Education Day is instrumental to our tournament week.” 

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