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February 5, 2010

CIAA to Hold Charlotte Press Conference Feb. 9

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is hosting its pre-tournament press conference Tuesday, February 9, 11 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College St.). Conference and sponsor representatives will announce new tournament additions, official events, celebrity appearances, and welcome Chowan University as the newest tournament participant. The CIAA Basketball Tournament is being held in Charlotte for the fifth consecutive year, February 23-27.

2009 CIAA Tournament champions Johnson C. Smith University.

Speakers/interview opportunities include:
-Anthony Lindsey, Chair - CIAA LOC
-Leon G. Kerry, Commissioner of the CIAA
-Dr. M. Christopher White, President of Chowan University
-Dennis Helsel, Athletic Director of Chowan University
-Tom Grabowski, CEO USEG - Representing TV One and Ford Motor Co.
-Eric Watson, Vice President - Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Food Lion
-Karen McKenzie, Director - Multi-Cultural Marketing, Lowe’s
-Sherman McCoy, Staff Operations Director - North Carolina Operations, Nationwide Insurance

Interviews and photo ops will begin immediately following the press conference.

For any questions or additional information, contact Derek Ross at 919-358-4035, , or Shera White at 757-864-0196, .

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 and is based in Hampton, Virginia. The CIAA is America’s oldest historically black college and university conference and is made up of 11 HBCUs situated along the Eastern Seaboard. For more information about the CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit For more information about the CIAA Conference, visit

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