The NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis is celebrating the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s 125th anniversary with a special exhibit. The exhibit, which includes awards, memorabilia, and historical information, will be on display in the Hall’s Membership Showcase area through September.
The MIAA began March 24, 1888 and is touted as America’s oldest collegiate athletic conference. The conference has always conducted full-season championships in multiple sports, though there have been additions and removals of some athletic events over the course of the league’s history. Archery, bicycle racing and club juggling are no longer sponsored by the conference, however, the addition of championships in men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2013 brings the MIAA to 20 sports for men and women.
Albion College was one of the charter members to the MIAA and it is the only institution with continuous membership over the 125-year history. MIAA members were invited to submit items of historical significance. Albion’s include the story of the 1994 football team’s run to the NCAA Division III National Championship as well as the pioneers in women’s athletics including Betty Beese, Char Duff, Jo Dunn and Barbara Hill Meyer.
“The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association is celebrating a milestone in its history, and the NCAA Hall of Champions wants to take this opportunity to share the story of the league’s successes and to put a spotlight on its member school and student-athlete accomplishments in Division III and the NCAA,” said Kelly Dodds, associate director of the NCAA Hall of Champions. “The Hall of Champions is dedicated to telling the story of the NCAA, its members, and its student-athletes and we welcome this opportunity to celebrate with the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.”
The NCAA Hall of Champions is a two-level, 30,000-square foot facility that celebrates the academic and athletic experiences of current and former NCAA student-athletes and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Hall of Champions features interactive exhibits, relevant artifacts and memorabilia, as well as photos and video that center on the 23 NCAA sports and 89 championships.
The Hall of Champions is located in downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park and serves as a meeting and event facility and public attraction. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, senior citizens and students. For more information, go to www.ncaahallofchampions.org or call 317/916-HALL.