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Charlotte, NC - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is changing the playbook for its annual basketball media day activities and will host its first-ever virtual press conference on Friday, October 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET on the CIAA Sports Network. The virtual media day tips off the basketball season leading to the 2019 CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.

The new format features a mix of traditional and modern ways to preview the upcoming basketball season.

"We're excited to hold our first-ever Virtual Media Day, incorporating technology and social media into our highly anticipated preview of the CIAA's biggest championship," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. "Our new format allows us to include media beyond the Charlotte area and offers sports fans and the general public a chance to ask questions and interact with their favorite teams. With the Virtual Media Day and our new 'Live the Legacy' campaign we aim to inject a new level of excitement and engagement into the 2019 Basketball Championships."


On Thursday, October 4, a special Youth Basketball Clinic for children ages 7-13 will be hosted by CIAA coaches and student-athletes on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. On Friday, October 5, the CIAA's inaugural Virtual Media Day invites members of the press, sports fans and the general public an opportunity to submit questions via Twitter for CIAA Commissioner McWilliams and the assembled basketball coaches and student-athletes representing the 13 CIAA member schools. Questions can be submitted through Thursday on Twitter by tagging @CIAAForLife and using the hashtag #CIAAHoops. All interviews, hosted by Stan Lewter, will air live on the conference's new CIAA Sports Network.



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