The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and is one of America's oldest athletic conferences. Founded in 1912, the conference is home to 12 colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, and holds 16 championships in men and women sports. The CIAA mission promotes athletic programs which will develop leadership, physical fitness, sports participation, diversity, and athletic excellence of the highest ethical character through competitive intercollegiate athletics. However, of the 16 championships the CIAA produces, the event that has the fans of collegiate athletics abuzz and has become synonymous with the CIAA brand is the annual basketball tournament.
The 2018 CIAA Men's & Women's Basketball Tournaments will tip off February 27-March 3.