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January 2023

ASUN to join athletic association (NJCAA)

ASUN Fall 2023 NJCAA logo with basketball and softball in the background

NEWPORT (Ark.) – Arkansas State University-Newport is the newest member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). ASU-Newport received the news of its acceptance on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

With this new affiliation, ASU-Newport will begin the process of starting two sports teams including men’s basketball and women’s softball. These teams will participate in Region 2 of the NJCAA at the Division II level.

ASU-Newport is joining several other Arkansas 2-year colleges including ASU Mid South, ASU Mountain Home, ASU Three RiversNational Park College, Northwest Arkansas Community College and South Arkansas Community College.

The mission of the NJCAA is to promote, govern and foster a competitive environment for two-year college athletics. NJCAA also emphasizes the importance of the academic, athletic, and community involvement goals of all student-athletes.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of ASU-Newport as one of our newest NJCAA members,” said Dr. Christopher J. Parker, President & CEO of the NJCAA. “This addition not only allows the NJCAA to grow our presence in Arkansas, but we’re more excited about the new opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the collegiate level.”

ASU-Newport is excited to see what the addition of these sports teams brings to the college as well as surrounding communities. Chancellor Dr. Johnny M. Moore said this will open the doors of higher education to even more students.

“ASU-Newport is thrilled to have this opportunity with the NJCAA and provide access to student-athletes so they can compete while getting a quality education,” Dr. Moore said. “As a former student-athlete, I know the positive impact college sports can have on an individual and their future. These sports teams will allow us to reach even more potential students and help them fulfill their goals.”

While providing scholarships and educational access to student-athletes, these teams will also cultivate an even stronger campus community for ASUN in addition to enhancing the overall student experience.

ASUN’s vision is to empower individuals and advance communities. This new venture will help further that vision while also fulfilling the mission of providing accessible, affordable and innovative learning opportunities to all students.

As members of the NJCAA, ASUN looks forward to watching students and the institution soar to new heights. For more information on NJCAA click here.

Media representatives should direct all questions and interview requests to Jeremy Shirley, Director of Marketing and Communication for ASU-Newport.


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