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NJCAA W-Basketball National Championship Tournament

03/17/14

NJCAA W-Basketball National Championship Tournament

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W. Basketball – JCCC set to host women’s national basketball tournament

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College will begin its first of a three-year commitment of hosting the NJCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Championship, Tuesday-Saturday, March 18-22 in the JCCC Gymnasium. The tournament field will consist of 16 District winners from across country, including Kansas and Missouri.

“The NJCAA Tournament is a great opportunity for the City of Overland Park to showcase why it’s such a fantastic destination for amateur sports,” said Justin Stine, director of the Overland Park Sport Alliance. “Hotel room nights will be generated as well as increased traffic to our area restaurants, attractions and shops. Several components of our local tourism industry will benefit by the tournament being her and the economic impact is estimated to reach almost $200,000.”

The Missouri representative, North Central Missouri College of Trenton, Mo, will fact St. Clair County College of Port Huron, Mich., will play the first of 26 scheduled games in the tournament, Tuesday, March 18 at 9 a.m. For complete tournament information, go the tournament website. Games are open to the public and the cost of admission varies based on ticket type and age.

This will be the 10th time JCCC has served as the host site for the NJCAA women’s basketball championship. The 2015 championship will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inaugural NJCAA women’s tournament, which had direct ties the college. The first women’s tournament was played on the JCCC campus in 1975. Johnson County was the host site from 1975-82, and again in 2004.

“We are excited that the NJCAA decided to return the tournament to Johnson County Community College,” said JCCC athletic director Carl Heinrich. “We believe it is an amazing opportunity to show off our program, the campus, the city of Overland Park and the Johnson County community. JCCC has a proven track record of running quality championship events, and the participating teams and fans will have a wonderful experience."

NJCAA Executive Director Mary Ellen Leight says JCCC is an attractive host site for a variety of reasons, including being centrally located and having a women’s basketball program with a history of being nationally competitive.

Heinrich said he is confident the entire tournament staff will provide a true championship atmosphere for the fans and participants. 

“The success of this tournament will be a direct result of the people putting it on,” Heinrich said. “I don’t decide to take this on if I don’t have quality people to pull it off and make it successful. A first-class competitive experience is paramount. It is also a unique fact that the tournament is coming back to where it all began.”

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.