JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern State University, working in cooperation with the Joplin Sports Authority, the regional sports commission for the Joplin area, has submitted a total of 11 bid proposals to the NCAA for future NCAA Division II championship events.
Missouri Southern State University Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman said the focus was to secure and bring events to Joplin that have a history with Missouri Southern.
"It was important for us to focus on events that Missouri Southern has hosted in the past successfully and events that will benefit our athletic department, as well as have a positive impact on our community and region," Bruggeman said. "I believe our facilities in these sports are among the best in the country and we have shown in the past that Southern can be a great destination for NCAA Championship events."
Among the bid proposals submitted prior to the NCAA Sept. 16 deadline were: NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, NCAA Division II Regional Cross Country Championships for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and NCAA Division II Men's Golf Regional for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Missouri Southern has hosted the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships three times, 1999, 2007 and 2012. In 2007, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club was the host course when Missouri Southern played host for the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Super Regional.
"In their own words, the NCAA made an unprecedented move to open for bid championship and regional championships for Division I, Division II and Division III athletics in 23 sports," said Craig Hull, director of the Joplin Sports Authority. "The opportunity to bid upon and secure these championships is possible thanks to collaboration and cooperation of Missouri Southern State University athletics.
"Their time, effort and hard work will have a positive impact on the local and regional economy and it is important that the local community understand what Missouri Southern does for the local economy by bringing so many events, teams, athletes and visitors into Joplin. In return, the Joplin Sports Authority and community should support Missouri Southern for these efforts."
The bid proposal timeline included an August 9, 2013 deadline to submit letters of intent to bid, a September 16, 2013 deadline for all bid proposals and a December 2013 deadline for the NCAA to award site selection for all events.
For more information, contact Craig Hull at (417) 625-1006, log onto www.joplinsports.org, 'like' the Joplin Sports Authority on Facebook and follow @JoplinSports on Twitter.