Greenville, SC: The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announces a three-year agreement with College of the Ozarks (CofO) to host the Division I and II Men’s & Women’s Cross Country National Championships and Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championship from 2018-2020. The championships will be held on College of the Ozarks’ campus in Point Lookout, MO, at the Bobcat Cross Country Course and Keeter Athletic Complex.
“The NCCAA is honored to announce that College of the Ozarks has been selected as the host for these championships,” said NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. “With a long and successful history of hosting championship events, CofO will elevate this event in every way. Our participating teams and fans will enjoy the competition as well as the Branson area during the late fall days.”
The cross country championships will be held each year in November, while the three-day volleyball championship will be held in November and/or December (see NCCAA Championship dates here). Teams from across the country will compete in these events and will also have the opportunity to serve the local community through a Christian Service Project (CSP). Details of the CSP will be released closer to the event dates.
The Bobcat Cross Country Course is located along the banks of Lake Taneycomo and through the fields of the College of the Ozarks campus. This unique course consists of two one-mile loops; one loop features grassy, rolling hills, while the second loop is a more traditional, flat course. Runners will encounter some challenges as they navigate the hills, inclines, and downhill terrain, but they will also be greeted with glimpses of beautiful Lake Taneycomo through portions of the flatlands. Spectators will be able to easily view runners at each mile marker, as well as at additional convenient locations, including a wood-chip path to navigate a shortcut through the woods.
The Keeter Athletic Complex features a gymnasium that accommodates both double-court and single-court matches with ample seating at floor level and in the overlooking balcony. The facility also features an additional gymnasium to facilitate team practices.
“We are grateful and excited to have the opportunity to host the 2018-2020 NCCAA Cross Country and DI Women’s Volleyball National Championships,” stated Steve Shepherd, College of the Ozarks Athletic Director. “It is always exciting to welcome teams from across the country and provide them with genuine Ozarks hospitality. We have an experienced athletic staff and a great team of campus and community volunteers who will work hard to provide an exceptional experience for the NCCAA student-athletes, along with their families, friends, and fans.”
College of the Ozarks is a unique institution of approximately 1,500 students, located on a 1,000 acre campus nestled in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U®” experience. All students at the College work a 15-hour per week on-campus job and one 40-hour work week per semester in exchange for free tuition.
“We are pleased to have been chosen as the host for the NCCAA Cross Country and DI Women’s Volleyball National Championships,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. “Our staff, faculty, and students look forward to extending a warm welcome to all associated with the participating colleges who will visit, and to serving them while they are here. This is a great opportunity to not only showcase our talented athletes, but also to welcome guests to our campus and community. It’s always fun to introduce new guests to a unique, American institution where students work, rather than pay, for their college education.”
In addition to the hospitality provided by College of the Ozarks, the Branson/Tri-Lakes community is an amazing destination spot that serves millions of guests per year and offers a multitude of amenities, including hotels, restaurants, and family-friendly activities and entertainment.
Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, the NCCAA strives to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ through its 24 National Championships and 1 National Invitational. For more information on the NCCAA, contact the NCCAA National Office at (864) 250-1199 or visit www.thenccaa.org.