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CIAA Announces Celebrity Appearances at “Homecoming” Tournament Events

Charlotte, NC – In just over a month, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) will host its 2018 Men’s and Women’s basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C. The conference is announcing the event lineup for the “Homecoming” themed tournament featuring fan favorites, and a new addition to the schedule. 

In-Arena Talent Performances

Various celebrities will perform during tournament games and just announced will be national recording artists: Dru Hill, The Hamiltones, Sevyn Streeter, Sunshine Anderson, and Olivia; local artist Gena Chambers and saxophonist Mike Phillips.

Additional performance announcements are forthcoming. Fans are encouraged to download the CIAA Basketball Tournament mobile app via iTunes and Google Play for the most updated tournament news. Game tickets are required for admission.

To purchase tickets, or for information on how to buy courtside tickets or suites, visit Patrons save up to 30% by purchasing a Lower Level Pass and up to 70% when an Upper Level Pass is purchased. Alumni can visit for information on how to purchase tickets directly from their member institutions.

Game Updates 

Games on February 27 and 28 will be played at Bojangles’ Coliseum, followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship finals at Spectrum Center from March 1 to 3. A complimentary shuttle service will operate on February 21 and February 22 for the games being held at Bojangles’ Coliseum. For more details and parking information, visit 

CIAA Celebrity Charity Basketball Game

On March 3, a Celebrity Charity Basketball Game will be held at 4 p.m. between the women’s and men’s championship games, which tip-off at 1 and 7 p.m., respectively. There will be a slam dunk contest and celebrity meet and greet at each game. For admission into the celebrity game, general men’s and women’s basketball Lower Level or Upper Level Pass must be purchased.

Talent slated to attend are: Kenny Burns, lifestyle specialist and executive for Combs Enterprises; Santia Marie, certified fitness trainer; DJ Crush Groovey, deejay and host; Ali Abdullah, CEO of Claim it!, a mobile marketplace app; Desmond and Demond Faulcon, twin brothers known as the “The Highest Jumping Twins in the World;” and Nandi Taylor, former CIAA student-athlete and All-CIAA MVP.


Additional celebrity names will be announced in the coming weeks. Proceeds go to DrumsForCures, an initiative designed to raise awareness and funds for cancer organizations globally.

“We are continuously evaluating ways to improve the tournament experience for our alumni and fans,“ said CIAA commissioner, Jacqie McWilliams. “New components like the Celebrity Charity Basketball Game, mixed with traditional favorites like our action-packed games, step shows, Fan Fest and Super Saturday will create an exciting experience for alumni and fans planning to attend the homecoming.”

To be among the first to hear tournament announcements including more celebrity appearances and tickets for ancillary events, download the CIAA Basketball Tournament mobile app via iTunes and Google Play or visit

For details about the CIAA conference and its championship sports, visit

Photos: Courtesy of The CIAA

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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