"This is a proud moment for Lincoln Christian University athletics!"
said Mac Ingmire, LCU athletic director. "The NAIA brand will play a
great role as we continue to grow the LCU Red Lions program."
NAIA was founded in 1937 and is the governing body for athletic
programs at nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the
United States and Canada. It promotes character-driven
intercollegiate athletics in student-athletes, their coaches and the
youth in the communities they serve.
"I expect this to be a very strong partnership for many years,"
said Todd Spellman, LCU assistant athletic director. "The values
they seek to nurture in every NAIA athlete are very much in harmony
In addition to its NAIA affiliation, the LCU athletic program
will also retain its current membership in the National Christian
College Athletic Association. However, the Red Lions will advance
from Division II status to Division I in the NCCAA. The twofold
advancement in both division ranking and NAIA membership will put
the Red Lions on a grander national stage for premier player
recruitment and retention, as well as stronger seasonal play.
"Our dual affiliation with the NCCAA and the NAIA places our
program on a stronger foundation for success," added Ingmire. "Both
organizations promote character and academics in athletes."
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The NAIA oversees 23 national championships each year,
ranging from golf, swimming, and track and field to soccer,
football and basketball, all promoting quality athletics that
are deeply rooted in education.
"We believe that the NAIA's commitment to character-driven
athletics fits well with our mission 'to nurture and equip
Christians with a biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church
and the world,'" said Dr. Don Green, LCU transitional president. "We
commend the hard work and diligent effort of LCU Athletic Director
Mac Ingmire and his staff for this accomplishment, and look forward
to future LCU student athletes who will benefit from this
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Founded in Lincoln in 1944, Lincoln Christian University’s three
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of Adult & Graduate Studies, and the Seminary – share a mission to
nurture and equip Christians with a biblical worldview to serve and
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