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NOVA expanding intercollegiate athletic and recreational opportunities for students

Northern Virginia Community College has joined the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) effective for the 2011-12 academic year.

With membership in the NJCAA, NOVA joins more than 500 two-year colleges with the opportunity to compete for national championships. In addition, the NJCAA awards prestigious academic and athletic All-American distinction to deserving student-athletes.

“We are thrilled to be joining the NJCAA,” said NOVA President Robert G. Templin Jr. “Club sports teams have been a long tradition at NOVA and the College has fielded numerous athletic teams since it was established in 1965. By joining NJCAA, our athletes will have greater opportunities for winning championships and academic awards.”

Research shows that NOVA students embrace the addition of intercollegiate sports. In a spring 2011 survey, more than 90 percent of respondents supported expanding athletic and recreational sports. The College will also be adding additional support for intramural sports programming.

The college’s current roster of teams that will transition to the NJCAA include women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse. An additional women’s sport is slated to be added in the 2012-13 academic year. NOVA’s ice hockey program will retain membership in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

Through membership in the NJCAA, the College’s sports teams will have the opportunity for post-season play and the student-athletes will have additional exposure for possible recruitment by four-year colleges and universities. NJCAA membership requires full-time enrollment and progress toward degree requirements for participating student-athletes.

The NJCAA is the governing body of two-year college athletics and the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with member institutions in 43 states. Each year nearly 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events.

For more information, contact Brian Anweiler, Student Activities Coordinator, at 703-845-6206 or banweiler@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.