Komen KC, NAIA Partner for Division I Women’s Basketball Championship

Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City Announced
as Title Sponsor of 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s
Basketball National Championship

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – December 9, 2014 The City of Independence Tourism Department, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) are excited to announce that Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City will be the title sponsor of the 2015 Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.

The 35th annual championship events will be held at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo., March 18 – 24, 2015. The 2015 event marks the first time it will be held in Independence. The championship is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament with the champion crowned on March 24. The 32 qualifiers will be announced on Wednesday, March 11.

“We are so honored and excited to be partnering with Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City for the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.  Komen Kansas City does such great work in the metro area and we are thrilled to have the chance to be able to bring attention to the organization and their significant efforts.  We know this is a wonderful opportunity for both organizations. Komen Kansas City and NAIA is a partnership that can celebrate women and women’s athletics.  We are proud to have the opportunity to help bring more attention to the prevention of and cure for breast cancer.  This is a natural partnership that will be a benefit for both organizations,” said Cori Day, City of Independence Tourism Director.

“The NAIA is honored to have the Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City connect with the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “The strong brand identity of Komen Kansas City with this championship will certainly shed more light on the dedicated research on curing breast cancer. We want to thank the City of Independence Tourism Department for their work to make this partnership possible.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship as they bring their tournament and focus on female student athletes to Independence,” said Carli Good, Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Affiliate. “Being able to spotlight a major women’s health issue in front of thousands of players, families and supporters from around the country is an amazing opportunity and one that highlights a true community collaboration between the NAIA, the City of Independence and Komen Kansas City.”

For more information about the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, please contact the Independence Tourism Department at (816)325-7111. Championship tickets will be available for purchase beginning February 1, 2015 at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Michael A. Levine // Communications
Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City
816.842.0410 (Office) // 816.210.6783 (Mobile)

Chad Waller // Communications
NAIA National Office // Director of Communications & Sports Information

Emily Crawford // Communications
Independence Tourism Department


The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. NAIA members provide more than 60,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earn $500 million in scholarships and compete in 23 national championships. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall college educational experience.  www.naia.org | @NAIA_News


Independence, Missouri was built on the pride of the people that call it home, including President Harry S Truman.  Its residents are down-to-earth, hard-working folks who are proud of their history, excited about their future, and welcome visitors with friendly hospitality. A town rich in history and honest values, Independence is also the starting point of the Westward movement. Just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, it has a population of 117,000 with a small-town feel.  Sophisticated dining, shopping and an emerging arts scene provides a contemporary atmosphere for the 16 heritage attractions and outdoor sporting activities.   www.visitindependence.com


Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 877.GO.KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook at /SusanGKomen and Twitter @SusanGKomen. Through events like the Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure®, the Kansas City Affiliate has invested more than $10 million in community breast health programs in a 17-county area. Up to 75% of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the Kansas City region. The remaining income (25%) goes to the national Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund research. For more information visit KomenKansasCity.org. Continue the conversation with us on Facebook at /KomenKansasCity, Twitter @KomenKansasCity and Instagram @KomenKC.