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Shaw University is a member and co-founder of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference. Shaw University’s Basketball team participates in the CIAA annual Basketball Tournament, which is the third most attended athletic event in collegiate sports after the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East tournaments. Shaw fields 14 varsity athletic teams including teams in men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, tennis, baseball, cheerleading, men’s and women’s track and field, volleyball, golf, and bowling. The athletic teams are known by the “Bears” nickname.
In 2002, Shaw University’s men’s basketball team won the CIAA championship. Also, the ladies' basketball team won the 2003 CIAA championship. The football team, reestablished by Clarence G. Newsome in 2002, played at Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, through the 2008 season. In 2009, the team relocated their home games to Millbrook High School in Raleigh. The Bears currently play at Durham County Stadium. It won the CIAA football championship in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010. The football team has also made the Division II playoffs in 2007 and 2010. Also in 2011 both men’s and women’s teams won the CIAA Tournament making Shaw the last school since Norfolk State in 1975 to win the big three championships in the same year. Shaw’s Lady Bears won the NCAA Division II Championship for the 2011-2012 season. The Shaw University Lady Bears have won the CIAA Tournament four years in a row twice (2003-2006) (2011-2014). Their most recent win occurred on March 1, 2014.
The Bears have won a total of 60 CIAA championships between men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, football and volleyball.