NAIA SEEKS ASSISTANCE FROM KHSAA MEMBERS
February 23, 2011By Kevin Conley of KHS GameNight
A message from Jim Carr, President and CEO of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics:
We are pleased to announce that the NAIA Eligibility Center opened its doors as scheduled on September 1, 2010, and we thank you for the role you played in getting us to this point. During our first 75 days of operation, more than 3,000 students registered with www.PlayNAIA.org, far ahead of our initial projections. We anticipate close to 30,000 registrations by August 2011.
I am writing to ask for your continued support. In order to take advantage of the many benefits offered by NAIA members, including more than $450 million in athletic aid, prospective student-athletes need help from high schools. As a result, we are asking each high school to set up a very simple profile, so we know who to contact when there are questions about a particular student. It takes about two minutes to set up this communication link online, and more than 2,000 high schools have already done so. We would really appreciate your help in encouraging more high schools to join our community.
We will be in touch in the coming weeks to discuss this request and explore additional partnership opportunities, such as NAIA presence on your association website, attendance at significant gatherings of your members, and channels to spread the word to your student-athletes. Again, thank you for your support of the NAIA.