Greenville, S.C. - The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announces an agreement with the City of Easley, South Carolina to host the Baseball World Series for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. The championship events will be held at J.B. "Red" Owens Sports Complex and Easley High School in Easley.
"Since the NCCAA moved to the Upstate of South Carolina in May 2000, it has been our desire to bring events to this area," stated NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. "Having conducted Annual Conventions in Greenville, SC and various National Championships in the Upstate, we are excited to partner with Easley, Clemson, and Pickens County for the 2018 & 2019 NCCAA Baseball World Series." Wood continued, "With five of our Division II National Championships coming to Bob Jones University, the Upstate has quickly become the 'Championship Destination' for the next few years."
Easley is a growing town on the edge of the Foothill Mountains and on the outskirts of the thriving city of Greenville. The J.B. "Red" Owens Sports Complex hosts 70 tournaments year round in baseball, basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball. National tournaments are nothing new for the complex, having served as host for the Big League World Series and Senior League World Series since 2001, which garners national media attention every year. In addition to baseball fields, the complex also boasts a 48,000 square foot gym, a batting center, and 5 multi-purpose fields.
Gregg Powell, Director of The City of Easley Parks and Recreation, said, "We are very excited about the NCCAA Baseball World Series coming to Easley. We hope this partnership will be one that will continue for many years to come."
While the action on the field will be taking place in Easley, Visit Clemson and the Clemson Area Sports Council have partnered in these events to provide the official housing location in Clemson. Additionally, Southern Wesleyan University (Central, SC) is on the planning team and will help provide volunteers and statistical services.
Wood said, "Easley's outstanding success with the Big League & Senior League World Series over the years created our initial interest in partnering with the city and their tourism staff. To then have Visit Clemson, the Clemson Area Sports Council, and Southern Wesleyan University joining the planning team just allowed the whole bid process to come together."
"On behalf of the City of Easley, we are all excited to bring this National Championship to our city and J.B. "Red" Owens starting in 2018," stated Larry Bagwell, Mayor of Easley. "I would like to thank the NCCAA and everyone involved in selecting our city to host this event. We are excited to have the teams here and we cannot wait to welcome everyone to our facilities in May." Bagwell continued, "The City of Easley is a strong supporter of recreation, especially baseball, as we have hosted both the Senior and Big League World Series in our city for over 15 years. I am thrilled to add this event and this level of play to our fields."
Each May, top-caliber competitors from across the country compete for the chance to be crowned NCCAA National Champion. Student-athletes and coaches also have the opportunity to serve the local community through a Christian Service Project (CSP). Details of the CSP will be released closer to the event date.
Wood added some final thoughts. "NCCAA Championship events strive to provide a National Championship experience to each student-athlete, coach, and spectator while also making a positive impact in the host community through the CSP initiative. This starts from each team's arrival and incorporates hotel, competitive venues, local honorary coaches, and ends with the exciting final contest and banner presentation."
Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, the NCCAA strives to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ through its 24 National Championships and 1 National Invitational. For more information on the NCCAA, contact the NCCAA National Office at (864) 250-1199 or visit www.thenccaa.org.