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More than 1,000 student-athletes will compete for six national championships at the 2012 DII Festival on May 15-19 in Louisville, Ky.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA, in conjunction with Bellarmine University and the Louisville Sports Commission, announces the start of the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championships Festival, an Olympic-style event, Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.
The Division II National Championships Festival features 76 teams, 20 individual qualifiers and more than 1,000 student-athletes vying for championship titles in men’s and women’s golf; women’s lacrosse; softball and men’s and women’s tennis.
This is the sixth national championships festival hosted by Division II, which is the only NCAA division to host a multiple championship festival.
Bellarmine University, serving as the National Championships Festival host institution for the second time (also hosted the 2010 fall festival) will utilize Knights Field and Owsley B. Frazier Stadium as the practice and competition venues for softball and lacrosse respectively. In addition, the Top Gun Tennis Academy and EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park will serve as the men’s and women’s tennis venues and the Cardinal Club Course and Persimmon Ridge Country Club will serve as the men’s and women’s golf venues respectively.
“The Division II National Championships Festival continues to be the ultimate experience for the student-athletes by providing the opportunity for them to compete for an NCAA title, support peers in other sports and enjoy a national championship atmosphere at the highest level,” said Mike Racy, NCAA vice president of Division II. “Bellarmine University, the Louisville Sports Commission and the city of Louisville were tremendous hosts for the 2010 fall festival and we look forward to our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans having a similar enjoyable experience for this event.”
Student-athletes competing at the festival will have the opportunity to be a part of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as attend other championships to offer support for their peers participating in other competitions. There will also be social activities for the student-athletes at the end of each day’s competition.
Division II held its first festival in spring 2004 in Orlando, Fla., and conducted a fall festival in Nov. 2006 in Pensacola, Fla. The spring 2008 and winter 2009 festivals were both held in Houston, Texas. Louisville, Ky., was the home for the fall festival in Dec. 2010 and was awarded the bid to repeat as hosts for the 2012 event.
The goals of the Division II National Championships Festival are to enhance the student-athlete college experience; create more awareness and exposure for Division II sports; and increase attendance by hosting multiple championships in one location. Student-athletes will be housed in centrally located hotels, allowing for an athlete-village type atmosphere.
NCAA Division II is one of three membership divisions of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a volunteer organization comprising more than 1,200 institutions, conferences and affiliated organizations. Division II is a group that serves more than 100,000 student-athletes nationwide. The student-athlete experience in Division II is a comprehensive and balanced approach that emphasizes academic achievement, high-level athletic competition and service to the community. The combination of these different areas of learning provides Division II student-athletes with a path to graduation while building skills and knowledge for life-long achievement. For additional information on Division II and to learn why so many say with pride “I chose Division II”, visit ncaa.org.
Bellarmine University was founded in 1950 by the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. It merged with Ursuline in College in 1968 and became coeducational and independent. Today, Bellarmine offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 50 subject areas and has an enrollment of more than 2,800 students. Competing in intercollegiate athletics with the nickname Knights, Bellarmine fields 18 varsity-level athletic teams that compete at the NCAA Division II level, and one team (men’s lacrosse) that competes at the NCAA Division I level.
The Louisville Sports Commission is a not-for-profit organization committed to attracting and hosting national and international sporting events that have a positive economic impact on our community, enhance the image of the greater Louisville area and improve the quality of life for area residents and sports enthusiasts.