FLUSHING, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2022) —The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) is pleased to welcome back LaGuardia Community College to its community college division, effective for the 2022-23 academic year. With the addition of LaGuardia, CUNYAC is the official conference for 14 campuses of the CUNY system.
“CUNYAC is excited to welcome back the LaGuardia Red Hawks for the upcoming season, after a brief hiatus, and we look forward to supporting their student-athletes, coaches and staff as they return to athletics competition,” said CUNYAC Interim Commissioner, Carl Christian .
“Athletics have a unique way of bringing communities together, so restarting the Red Hawks following the past two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit our community and create a sense of team spirit,” said LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams . “Having an athletics program also benefits our recruitment efforts—drawing students interested in playing team sports during college. We look forward to cheering on our players. Go Red Hawks!”
“LaGuardia Community College is excited to have athletics back in Long Island City, Queens,” said Andrew Walker, director of Athletics and Recreation for LaGuardia. “The students, faculty, staff, and friends of LaGuardia are excited to cheer for their Red Hawks!”
The LaGuardia Red Hawks originally joined the CUNY Athletic Conference in 2013-14, enjoying success in their first stint with the conference. The LaGuardia women’s basketball team won the league title in 2016, and the LaGuardia men’s basketball team captured CUNYAC championships in 2016 and 2017.
The first Red Hawks teams to restart are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball. Fall schedules for men’s and women’s basketball, and for men’s soccer, are available on the LaGuardia website; additional schedules to be added soon.
LaGuardia Red Hawks teams will compete against teams from five CUNY community colleges—Queensborough, Kingsborough, Bronx, Hostos, and Borough of Manhattan. The Red Hawks will also compete against regional community college teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Conference—Ulster, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Dutchess, Sullivan, and Monroe College-Bronx.
Student-athletes will be required to maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grand point average, in addition to meeting other eligibility requirements.
ABOUT CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) is an NCAA Division III and NJCAA Division III conference with 14 members that reach across all five boroughs of New York City. Since officially coming into existence in 1987, the conference has been among the leaders in Division III with initiatives that focus on the student as much as the athlete in student-athlete. The conference sponsors 19 Four-Year College Championships, 13 Community College Championships, the Michael Steuerman Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner, the Basketball Press Luncheon, the SAAC Leadership Seminar, the Coaches Rules Seminar, a CUNY-Wide Intramurals Championship Series, and the CUNYAC Golf Classic. With the help of four corporate sponsors, the conference has been ahead of the competition. CUNYAC boasts award-winning publications, award-winning events, unmatched television exposure, and one of the best websites in Division III while continuously searching for ways to improve the quality of the athletics experience.
ABOUT LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, our nation’s fastest-growing neighborhood, educates and supports thousands of New Yorkers annually. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and offer a welcoming environment for immigrants of all nations and individuals of all backgrounds. As a nationally recognized expert at pioneering innovative programs and initiatives that are quickly adopted by four-year institutions and small businesses alike, we are changing the thinking about two-year colleges, their place in higher education and their role in strengthening our nation’s economy. Since opening our doors to all in 1971, our successes reflect the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff – so that students can write their own futures, immigrants can achieve their dreams, and small businesses learn how to grow and thrive.
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