Men’s Basketball Nationals heading to PEI

Jan. 19, 2016 – The 2016-17 season is shaping up to be a busy one for Holland College, which has been awarded the 2017 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Their bid to host Nationals was approved today at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual Winter Board Meeting in Ottawa. The event will take place in Charlottetown, PEI, March 15-18, 2017.

“We welcome the opportunity to bring our best CCAA men’s basketball teams together and provide a championship that will exceed expectations for all involved,” Albert Roche, Athletics & Recreation Director at Holland.

“Prince Edward Island may be Canada’s smallest province, but we have garnered an impressive reputation as a sports-minded province with many regional and national events being held here.”

Although Holland is relatively new to the varsity sports scene, they have quickly made a name for themselves as gracious hosts. Last season, the Hurricanes hosted a successful Nationals in Men’s Volleyball. The Hurricanes will also host the 2016 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship in March and the 2016 PING CCAA Golf National Championships in October.

“We are always refining our hosting skills and plan to put our best foot forward for the hundreds of student-athletes, coaching staff and fans who will descend upon Charlottetown to take in some of the country’s best basketball action,” said Roche.

Holland’s Centre for Community Engagement (CCE), which features a 9,400 square foot gym, will play host to the action.

“We have complete confidence in Holland College’s ability to conduct such a prestigious event and in acknowledgement of the outstanding success Holland has achieved in hosting CCAA Championships,” said Ron O’Flaherty, ACAA Executive Director.

The 2016 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship will be hosted by Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB, March 16-19.

The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.

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