Rocky, Billings named 2017 best new NAIA championship host

Rocky, Billings named 2017 best new NAIA championship host

BILLINGS — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today that Rocky Mountain College and Billings were named the best new NAIA championship host for 2017 as the host of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

The best new host award is given to the host that displays excellence in all aspects of hosting a national championship, produces an excellent student athlete experience and is in their first year of hosting a championship event. The people in Billings made the teams feel like they were playing a home game. From a coach’s social overlooking the rims, to store owners welcoming you when you walked into their shop, everybody knew why basketball players were in town. And they did it in a short six month timeline. The community as a whole embraced the event and gave the student-athletes an experience they will never forget.

“This is a great honor for the city of Billings, Visit Billings, MetraPark and Rocky Mountain College,” said Bruce Parker, Director of Athletics at Rocky Mountain College. “It shows what hard work, tremendous enthusiasm and a commitment to the student-athlete can help you accomplish. I think we are all very proud of this honor and it helps to set the stage for a more impressive championship in 2018.”

“We know just how much hard work goes into hosting NAIA championships so we want to make sure we honor that effort,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO.

Rocky Mountain College, Visit Billings and MetraPark will play host to the 2018 and 2019 Division I Women’s Basketball Championships.

— Rocky Mountain College Sports Information

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