by Gary Stepp
Alice Lloyd College, a longstanding member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), will also become a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) beginning July 1, 2015.
“We are very pleased to become a member of the NCCAA,” stated Executive Vice-President Jim Stepp. “Alice Lloyd College was founded on and continues to operate on Judeo-Christian principles and we believe that this will be an excellent fit for our institution. We fully endorse the mission of the NCCAA and look forward to this exciting new chapter in our school’s history.”
The NCCAA was incorporated to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry and for the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective. From its beginning in Canton, Ohio in 1968, it has grown to encompass over 100 Christian colleges nationwide, both liberal arts and Bible colleges. The participating schools are dedicated not only to providing the best athletic competition possible, but also to exemplifying Jesus Christ in all they do.
One of the features that make the NCCAA unique is the Christian Service Project (CSP) provided during every championship event. CSPs are opportunities in which NCCAA student-athletes and coaches go out into a championship host’s community and serve others. Some CSPs have included visiting children’s hospitals, serving the Salvation Army, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, reading to children in public schools, doing yard work around the community, writing soldiers overseas, working in food projects, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and much more. Tens of thousands of hours have been given to communities across the nation through the NCCAA.
In May 2000, the NCCAA officially moved the National Office to Greenville, South Carolina where it resides today.
As a member of the NAIA, Alice Lloyd College has been named a Champion of Character School each year the program has been in existence. Additionally, two teams, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Tennis, have been selected as the Buffalo Funds Five Star National Champion of Character Team of the Year.