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Announcing the 2018–2019 NIRSA Committee Chairs

This April, NIRSA, the NIRSA Foundation, and the NIRSA Championship Series finalized committee appointments for the 2018–2019 year. NIRSA committees perform an important role by focusing their work on specific topics relevant to both the

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New champs, new beginnings: the 2018 National Basketball Tournament

Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said it best: “Change is inevitable, change is constant.” The 2018 NIRSA Championship Series National Basketball Championship proved that point as a staggering 98 teams descended upon Columbus to

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“Zoooming” ahead in support of student officials development

It was a close match, but when the final whistle blew on April 25, Team Flag Football had held onto their lead in the friendly competition with Team Basketball, raising the most donations to benefit

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Announcing national soccer’s new director of officials

In yet another exciting chapter in NIRSA Championship Series soccer history, we’ve come to an unanticipated time of change within the national soccer tournament’s leadership. With this change, I want to express our gratitude for

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Introducing the “Series Talk” podcast

We are excited to announce the first NIRSA Championship Series podcast scheduled to debut the week of May 14! “Series Talk” will be an ongoing effort to update members on the events and happenings connected to the

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Ohio State tops UNC to win first-ever National Championship

On April 14 in Orlando, FL, The Ohio State University capped off a remarkable USTA Tennis on Campus National Championship by defeating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to win its first-ever National

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Host a regional basketball tournament

Hosting a NIRSA Championship Series event might require both time and resources, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding experience that comes with some great benefits. Being a tournament host gives your community an economic boost, is

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Texas A&M, UNC, NC A&T, Grand Canyon, Toronto Win Basketball Titles

Five teams were crowned national champions at the 2018 NIRSA National Basketball Championships hosted by Ohio State University, April 20-22 at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center on campus.

In the club division, Texas A&M downed Wisconsin 62-51 in men’s action while North Carolina defeated NC State 66-50 for the title.  North Carolina A&T men held off Eastern Washington 66-52 and Grand Canyon women defeated Georgia Southern 46-35 for the intramural division championships.  And, in the Unified Division in partnership with Special Olympics, Toronto defeated Louisville 40-35.

Look for game recaps in the coming days.

Watch complete video coverage of each game now via the NIRSA Championship Series YouTube channel:
Men’s Club Championship Game – Texas A&M vs Wisconsin
Women’s Club Championship Game – North Carolina vs NC State
Men’s Intramural Championship Game – North Carolina A&T vs Eastern Washington
Unified Division Championship Game – Toronto vs Louisville
Women’s Intramural Championship Game – Grand Canyon vs Georgia Southern

You can also look back on our coverage of all the weekend’s games and events on Twitter @NIRSAChamp and Instagram @NIRSAChamp.

Men’s Club Playoff Scores
F: Texas A&M 62, Wisconsin 51
SF: Wisconsin 51, New Hampshire 46
SF: Texas A&M 54, USF 36
QF: New Hampshire 63, Georgia Tech 60 (2OT)
QF: Wisconsin 48, Northern Colorado 30
QF: Texas A&M 58, Michigan State 57
QF: USF 48, Air Force 46

Women’s Club Playoff Scores
F: North Carolina 66, NC State 50
SF: NC State 59, Prairie View A&M 50
SF: North Carolina 50, Houston CC 30
QF: Houston CC 40, UConn 37
QF: North Carolina 45, Wisconsin 42
QF: NC State 62, Georgia Tech 38
QF: Prairie View A&M 41, Virginia 40

Men’s Intramural Playoff Scores
F: North Carolina A&T 66, Eastern Washington 52
SF: North Carolina A&T 45, UCF 31
SF: Eastern Washington 48, Alabama A&M 45

Unified Division Playoff Scores
F: Toronto 40, Louisville 35
SF: Toronto 37, Florida 33
SF: Louisville 47, Duke 37

Women’s Intramural Playoff Scores
F: Grand Canyon 46, Georgia Southern 35

39 Students Named to All-Tournament Teams

Thirty-nine students — players and officials — were named to the All-Tournament teams Sunday at the conclusion of the 2018 NIRSA National Basketball Championships hosted by Ohio State University.  Six players were selected in each of the 5 divisions with 9 officials chosen among the nearly 60 working the tournament from schools around the country.

All-Tournament Officials
Xavier Bell, LSU
Daniel Chandler, James Madison
Amir Ebrahimi, George Mason
Brandon Ingram, UNC Wilmington
Matt McGuier, UCF
Chase Norman, East Carolina
Ryan Olson, Eastern Washington
Chris Pullom, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Q Spearman, Mercer

Men’s Club All-Tournament Team
Derek Cahn, Texas A&M (MVP)
Jay Payton, Texas A&M
Jake Casey, Wisconsin
Kyle Hellman, Wisconsin
Pedro Pabon, USF
Trevor McQueene, Northern Colorado

Women’s Club All-Tournament Team
Elle Hepburn, North Carolina (MVP)
Allie Vanzant, North Carolina
Sam Olson, NC State
Lauren Killilea, NC State
Sara Mgbeike, Houston CC
Monique Abbs, Prairie View A&M

Men’s Intramural All-Tournament Team
Jay’len Hollis, North Carolina A&T (MVP)
Elijah Evans, North Carolina A&T
Austin Trafelet, Eastern Washington
John-Henry Woodward, Eastern Washington
Brazhton Wilson, UCF
Thomas Marshall, Alabama A&M

Unified Division All-Tournament Team
John Hannant-Minchel, Toronto (MVP)
Ben Caplan, Toronto
Jeremy Mercer, Louisville
Ariel Kantor, Duke
Kiondre Brown, Florida
Nathaniel Perkins, Oakland

Women’s Intramural All-Tournament Team
Hannah Frederick, Grand Canyon (MVP)
Saylor Siegner, Grand Canyon
Sheniqua Young, Georgia Southern
Azjuri Aguebor, Georgia Southern
Narshanda Malone, Columbus State
Shannon Thompson, Angelo State

Follow the Action Online on Championship Sunday

Follow the action on Championship Sunday at the 2018 NIRSA National Basketball Championships at the RPAC on the campus of Ohio State University.

Watch complete game live streams of the championship games online via our NIRSA Championship Series YouTube channel (  Games will be archived for viewing later as well.
9:00 am ET – Women’s IM Championship
10:20 am ET – Unified Championship
12 Noon – Men’s IM Championship
1:20 pm – Women’s Club Championship
2:40 pm – Men’s Club Championship

Catch live streams and updates of quarterfinal and semifinal games from throughout the morning on our Twitter feeds @NIRSAChamp and @NIRSAChampLive.

Championship Brackets via
Men’s Club Bracket
Women’s Club Bracket
Men’s Intramural Bracket
Women’s Intramural Bracket
Unified Division Bracket

Get championship game recaps and All-Tournament award winners here on during the day on Monday.