A New Day for Eagle Athletics - SCU becomes official member of the NAIA

April 12, 2010 - Southwestern Christian University (SCU) of Bethany, Oklahoma was accepted as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Notification of acceptance into the NAIA happened on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at the association’s annual convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Council of Presidents unanimously accepted SCU into membership along with five other applicants. The addition of the six members brings total membership to 296 institutions of the 73 year old association.

SCU athletic teams, known as the Eagles, had been accepted into the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) in December, 2009 pending membership acceptance into the NAIA. The MCAC is made up eight institutions in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Conference play for the Eagles will begin in the fall of 2010.

Longtime SCU Athletic Director, Mark Arthur is elated with NAIA membership news. “This is probably the greatest news in the history of our athletic program. This will help the university’s recruiting, not only in athletics, but in general student recruitment. I have dreamed of NAIA affiliation for many years and now it is a reality.”

SCU has a 64 year history as a college and is an institution of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC). SCU moved to the present campus in Bethany, Oklahoma in 1981 and was known as Southwestern College of Christian Ministries. The name was changed to Southwestern Christian University in 2001.

For more information on SCU or the NAIA, contact Athletic Director, Mark Arthur. mark.arthur@swcu.edu
405-789-7661 ext. 3427

About the NAIA
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is the governing body for athletics programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The long-held mission of the NAIA is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The Association offers equitable access and opportunities for participation in its 23 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

Today, the NAIA strengthens its commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting academic achievement and character development. NAIA Champions of Character is the association’s innovative flagship program designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves. To learn more visit www.NAIA.org.