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 promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The association offers equitable access and opportunities for participation 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.


• 60,000 student-athletes at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada

• 23 national championships

• More than $500 million annually in scholarships

• Standards that focus on athletic participation as one part of the total education process


Athletics associations and coaches organizations:

Help your members learn more about the NAIA Eligibility Center and PlayNAIA with this message toolkit

NAIA Eligibility Center Information Sheet (PDF)
  Tuck this one-page sheet into any informational packets you are distributing to your members or potential NAIA student-athletes. Use it as a full-page ad in publications.
Newsletter Article (PDF)
  Include a brief article in your next association newsletter to let everyone know about the NAIA Eligibility Center.
Powerpoint Presentation (PPT) and Talking Points (PDF)
  At your next convention, use this presentation with the talking points as your script to make sure your members know all about the NAIA Eligibility Center.


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