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Sioux Falls to host NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Championship at the Sanford Pentagon through 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – July 25, 2018 - The NAIA is excited to announce that the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship will be played in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Sanford Pentagon through 2020.

“Basketball is where it all began for the NAIA,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, “and we are grateful to have such great hosts in the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Dakota State and Northwestern College that continue to help us showcase this premier sport.”

Sioux Falls welcomed the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship for the first time in 2018 in the Sanford Pentagon. Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Dakota State University (S.D.) and Northwestern College (Iowa) all serve as hosts.

“The Sioux Falls Sports Authority is extremely excited to extend its partnership with the NAIA and bring the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship to Sioux Falls and the Sanford Pentagon for the third straight year,” said Bryan Miller, executive director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. “The 2018 championship was a great success, and we look forward to working with Dakota State University and Northwestern College as co-hosts to make the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship a memorable championship experience for all involved.”

In 2018, Sioux Falls saw Indiana Wesleyan capture its second title in five years.

Of the 139 NAIA sponsored DII Men’s Basketball programs, 32 will advance to the championship in Sioux Falls.

The NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championship started in 1992 in Stephenville, Texas, as Grace (Ind.) captured the first ever title.

After the 2020 tournaments, NAIA basketball divisions will merge into a singular division and there will be NAIA Men’s Basketball and NAIA Women’s Basketball. The merge was approved by membership and the NAIA Council of Presidents during the 2018 NAIA National Convention.

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About National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA):

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. NAIA members provide more than 65,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earn $600 million in scholarships and compete in 26 national championships. www.naia.org | @NAIA

About the Sioux Falls Sports Authority

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority was formed in 2006 by community leaders to recruit major sporting events to the Sioux Falls area. The organization has hosted the Summit League Championships since 2009, the Sioux Falls Marathon since 2010, and multiple NCAA Championships, including the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Regional. The organization attracts international, national, regional and state sporting events by operating, leasing and enhancing sports facilities in the Sioux Falls area. The 2009 Summit League Basketball Championships was the first time ESPN broadcasted a “Live-Nationally Televised” event in Sioux Falls and South Dakota. It is run by a board of directors made up of 15 community members, an executive director and project director. For more information, visit www.sfsportsauthority.org

About Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a Christian liberal arts college of more than 1,250 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education committed to academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview. Founded in 1882 and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, Northwestern offers more than 80 academic programs leading to a bachelor’s degree, as well as a growing online Master of Education program with five options. For more information, visit www.nwciowa.edu

About Dakota State University

Dakota State University is a state university located in Madison, S.D. DSU offers 32 undergraduate and nine graduate technology-centric degrees in a variety of majors. Total enrollment for Fall 2017 was 3,307 students; 1,096 are on-campus students. Strategic partnerships with governmental entities and corporations have bolstered DSU’s position as a technologically forward-thinking institution. Both online and on-campus programs have been recognized for their quality, affordability, and graduates’ job placement records, which are 100 percent for several majors. The DSU athletic department is an NAIA Five Star Champions of Character program. We have 325 athletes competing in 12 sports. Throughout its history, DSU has won 56 conference championships and 864 students have been named all-conference athletes. In addition, 120 athletes have been cited as NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes; in the 2016-17 school year, seven sports earned the title of NAIA All-Scholar teams. Information regarding Dakota State University and its programs may be found at www.dsu.edu