Ankeny, Iowa (May 6, 2015) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced today its selection of Faith Baptist Bible College as the host site for the 2016 and 2017 NCCAA II men’s basketball championships. The bid, placed by the college in conjunction with the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, was selected by the NCCAA men’s basketball and NCCAA administration as the winning bid on May 4.
The tournament will be held on Faith’s campus, located in Ankeny, Iowa, during the week of March 8–12, 2016 and March 7–11, 2017. Ten teams from across the nation, including the eight NCCAA II regional tournament winners and two at large selections, will compete in the four-day event. “We are excited to receive this honor” noted Director of Athletics Brian Fincham. “We look forward to partnering with the NCCAA, the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce and basketball fans across the greater Des Moines community in bringing a first-class national tournament to Ankeny.”
The event will begin Tuesday evening with the All-American Awards Banquet. Wednesday will feature two opening round games with tournament participants also participating in a community service project. Thursday’s events include a consolation game followed by the four quarterfinal games. Two consolation games and the two semi-final games will take place on Friday. The tournament will wrap up on Saturday with two consolation contests followed by the national championship Saturday evening. Specific tournament information will become available at a later date.
The NCCAA was incorporated in 1968 to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion and enhancement of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective. Approximately 100 Christian colleges and universities comprise the NCCAA involving well over 13,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. A combined total of 24 national championships in men's and women's sports are sponsored by the NCCAA.
Faith is a fully accredited Bible college and seminary located on a beautiful suburban 52-acre campus in Ankeny, Iowa. Founded in 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska, Faith moved to Ankeny in 1967 where it continues its mission of preparing men and women for ministry. Faith has more than 6,000 alumni who serve in all 50 states and in several countries of the world. The Eagles field teams in nine sports, competing regionally in the Midwest Christian College Conference and nationally as a member of the NCCAA.