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NAIA and SPIRE Institute Extend Host Status of NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships

March 02, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships will be hosted by the SPIRE Institute, located in Geneva, Ohio. The 2013 event will be conducted from Feb. 28 – March 2, while the 2014 Championships will be held from March 6 – 8 and the 2015 competition from March 5 – 7. The SPIRE Institute has been the acting host for the event since 2011.

“The NAIA is thrilled to continue its partnership with the SPIRE Institute as hosts of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We look forward to building upon the past and present successes that SPIRE and the Geneva, Ohio, community has provided for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. Without a doubt, they will organize a terrific event for all parties.”

The SPIRE Institute, part of the non-profit Geneva Area Recreation, Education and Athletic Trust (GaREAT), is a one-of-a-kind facility driven by the goal of positively impacting individuals through sports training, education and healthy, competitive activities.

SPIRE originally opened in 2009 with a 215,000 square-foot building that housed full-size soccer, lacrosse, football, baseball, softball, field hockey or rugby field and a one-of-a-kind multipurpose court for volleyball, basketball, tennis and gymnastics. In January 2010, they expanded with one of the top indoor track and field facilities in the country. The 240,000 square-foot complex consists of a 300-meter eight-lane track with separate areas for throwing events, long jump, triple jump and pole vault. Additionally, the facility houses locker rooms, concession stands, equipment storage and seating for 5,000.

In addition to facilities, SPIRE Institute has opened a high school and post graduate boarding track and field academy, which will also hold a full series of track and field camps starting the summer of 2012.

“We are extremely excited to have the NAIA Track and Field Championships at SPIRE for an additional three years,” said SPIRE Founder Ron Clutter. “These championships bring together an amazingly talented group of college athletes from across the country, each proudly representing their college or university. The athletic ability and character that is on display during the event is extraordinary. We are so pleased to host such a fantastic event.”

Since 2010, the institute has added a 7,000-seat football and soccer stadium, a state-of-the-art aquatics center, Michael Johnson Performance and SPIRE Fit, a health and fitness club, with future additions including a sports medicine center.

SPIRE’s facilities annually host USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympic Zonal Meets, NCAA Division I Track and Field Invitationals, Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championships, USA Volleyball Junior Olympic men’s team training, along with other weekly regional events in volleyball, soccer, track and field, basketball and baseball.

Each year, the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships welcome nearly 1,000 student-athletes from 100 schools across the United States competing in 42 different events. The 2012 National Championship in Geneva is scheduled for March 1 – 3.

To learn more about the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships, click here.

To learn more about the SPIRE Institute, click here.

About the NAIA: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is the governing body for athletics programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The long-held mission of the NAIA is to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics while promoting the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through sport participation. The association offers equitable access and opportunities to more than 60,000 student-athletes for the chance to compete in its 23 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

Today, the NAIA strengthens its commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting academic achievement and character development. NAIA Champions of Character is the association’s innovative flagship program designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves. To learn more, visit www.NAIA.org.

About SPIRE Institute: SPIRE integrates sports and education, training and learning with a focus on the development of the whole self. It features 750,000 sq. ft. of Olympic grade facilities under roof, acres of outdoor fields and a multi-sport stadium complex. SPIRE can simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events no matter the weather of the season. SPIRE Institute and its nationally renowned coaches will offer residential training programs in soccer, track & field, volleyball, swimming and basketball. Junior athletes will train alongside collegians, professionals, wounded veterans, Olympians, Paralympians, and masters level athletes. SPIRE will offer residential semester athletic programs, weekend and weekly sports training sessions, mental conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition and wellness programs, and a variety of customized academic options. SIPRE Institute is a part of the Geneva area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust, a non-profit organization that re-invests every dollar back into the development of its athletes, its programs and its facilities. To learn more, visit, www.spireinstitute.org.