- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is formed in Kansas City, Mo. as a governing body of small intercollegiate athletics programs.
- The NAIA has administers programs to ensure the overall college athletic and educational experience.
- In 1937, Dr. James Naismith (the inventor of basketball) organized the first National College Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, MO. which later expands to 32 teams.
- Today, more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at numerous NAIA member institutions.
- With over 300 US colleges now participating, the NAIA sponsors 13 different sports, 23 national championships and awards over $450 million in scholarships.