Dalton State Joins NAIA
April 24, 2013
A year after reinstating intercollegiate athletics, Dalton State College has joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Dalton State was approved for NAIA membership Monday at the NAIA’s annual meeting in Kansas City, MO. The institution’s application for admission was submitted in October of 2012 and representatives of the NAIA completed a campus visit in February of this year.
"The NAIA is pleased to accept Dalton State College as a new active member," said Jim Carr, President and CEO of the NAIA. "We welcome the Roadrunners of Dalton State, and we look forward to working together. Dalton State identifies with the mission of the NAIA and is committed to the development of student-athletes through character-driven athletics."
The NAIA currently has over 225 member schools and grew out of the organization that sponsored the first national basketball tournament in 1937. That tournament was led by Dr. James Naismith who also created the game of basketball. The organization was formed in 1940 and added expanded to include other sports in 1952. The NAIA blazed trails with the inclusion of minorities and females within intercollegiate athletics and championships.
The NAIA currently sponsors 13 intercollegiate sports in which it holds 23 National Championships annually. The NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship is the longest-running collegiate National Championship of any sport in the United States. Southern Polytechnic State University, College of Coastal Georgia, and Georgia Gwinnett College are all University System of Georgia colleges and universities which are members of the NAIA. Reinhardt University, a private college in Waleska, GA, is also a member of the NAIA.
“We are proud to be a part of the NAIA and all that it stands for,” says Dalton State president, Dr. John Schwenn. “Being a part of this organization is a great avenue for our intercollegiate athletic program to function at a high, but cost efficient, level.”
“I visited the NAIA national office last summer and came away with a great feeling about all of the leadership in the organization. They are accessible, committed and totally willing to help their member institutions,” says Athletic Director, Derek Waugh. “Having spent my whole career at the NCAA level, I am excited for this new venture and this new partnership with a great group of people and institutions. We do not just want to be a member school of the NAIA; we want to be a leader within the NAIA.”