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Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada College granted full NAIA membership

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Sierra Nevada College was granted full membership last week in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), making the college eligible for post-season play for qualified sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, golf, and cross-country.

The college also offers men’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s alpine, freeski and snowboarding teams.

Founded in 1937, the NAIA is a governing body of collegiate athletics programs dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics, with a membership of more than 250 colleges and universities whose programs comprise over 65,000 student athletes.

Prior to the move, SNC’s NAIA status was provisional during the application period. Men’s and women’s Soccer, Golf, and Cross-country compete in the Cal-Pac conference. The change will open new opportunities for critical post-season competition for SNC’s athletes.

“Many of our programs are young and growing, but we’ve already seen a lot of success,” said Athletics Director Branko Zagar. “Approximately 15 percent of undergraduates at our Incline Village campus play in an NAIA sport. They are chomping at the bit to pursue conference championships and post-season play.”

Membership in a national intercollegiate athletic organization contributes significantly to a rich collegiate experience for SNC Tahoe’s students, and for some students it provides critical access to their college education. This is a significant milestone for SNC as it builds on the decades-long success of the ski and snowboard programs while growing another element of student life.

“A few years ago, when we added these sports, SNC Tahoe saw this move as critical to the ascension of our college,” said SNC Tahoe President Alan Walker. “Combining a rich academic experience with expanded extracurricular opportunities improves the overall experience for students as well as the North Lake Tahoe community.”

This article was provided by Sierra Nevada College. Visit sierranevada.edu to learn more.