Date: February 19, 2013
SUBJECT: NAIA DIVISION II NATIONAL TOURNAMENT COMING MARCH 6-12
By: Morgan Sowell
College of the Ozarks will host the 22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship March 6-12, 2013. This makes the fourteenth year C of O has hosted the national tournament; all games take place in the Keeter Gymnasium of the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex.
The Division II Championship is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament featuring the champions of the Division II conferences and at-large berths.
College of the Ozarks hosts the national event with the help of many individuals and businesses. Approximately 650 volunteers from the local community are invaluable to C of O and NAIA staff during the tournament. Volunteers help with multiple tasks, such as program sales, ushering, and ticket sales.
The NAIA Championship benefits both area residents and businesses directly and indirectly, aiding Branson’s economy by drawing approximately 20,000 visitors to the area each year. “The most rewarding part of hosting the NAIA Tournament is seeing so many athletes from all over the country come to College of the Ozarks and participate,” said C of O Sports Information Director Candace Sullinger. “We have a wonderful institution and we enjoy welcoming visitors to our campus.”
Reserved seating is $15 per session, and general admission is $10 per session. To purchase tickets or receive more information, please call 417-335-NAIA (6242).