On December 11, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that the city of Louisville has been awarded hosting rights to 13 national championships over the next four years. In 2016, Spalding University will host the Division III men’s and women’s cross country NCAA championships.
“This is obviously a great opportunity for Spalding University, and it helps bring credibility to what we are trying to do here in athletics,” says athletic director Roger Burkman. “It helps show that we are growing and moving in the right direction. We are so excited to host the 2016 national championships.”
Burkman, who was a member of the University of Louisville’s 1980 NCAA Championship men’s basketball team, knows firsthand the excitement that a national championship tournament brings to the host city as well to the players, student body and community fans.
“I think with our athletic program being relatively young, it’s interesting to see the progress that we’ve made in such a short period of time,” says Burkman. “I think it’s exciting for our alums, our current students, faculty and staff to see our accomplishments and to want to be involved and support our athletic program.
Spalding’s athletic department plans to meet with Louisville Sports Commission in 2014 to discuss plans surrounding the 2016 event.