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High school athletes will have the opportunity to explore King University and the
Tornado athletic program during the University’s Athletic Visit Day to be held on
Saturday, Oct. 12 with registration at 9:30 a.m. and events beginning at 10 a.m.
King offers students the chance not only to discover and develop their athletic talents,
but also encourages excellence in academics. Student-athletes should take this opportunity
to meet coaches, potential teammates, and tour King’s facilities.
“King’s Athletic Visit Day is a wonderful opportunity for incoming student-athletes
and their families to experience King Tornado first hand, as well as acquaint themselves
with King’s academic foundations, the personalized support they will receive from
our faculty and staff, and the welcoming nature of the King community,” said Greg
King, assistant vice president of enrollment management.
Tornado Athletics is a member of NCAA Division II and the Conference Carolinas and
sponsors 25 intercollegiate athletic teams. Varsity sports include baseball, softball,
men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf,
men's and women's soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's
and women's track and field, men's and women's volleyball, and men's wrestling, cycling,
women’s wrestling, cheerleading, and dance. Beginning this fall, the Tornado will
compete in its 25th sport - acrobatics tumbling.
Tornado Athletics has had great success both on and off of the competitive field.
In their third year as full NCAA Division II members and second in Conference Carolinas,
12 teams qualified for their respective conference tournaments, and six teams won
conference championships. The Tornado were also very successful in the classroom
as well, leading Conference Carolinas with 414 student-athletes being named to the
league’s Presidential Honor Roll.
Along with the Presidential Honor Roll, 55 student-athletes garnered academic all-conference
honors, and three student-athletes were named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes
of the Year for their respective sports. At a national level, 74 Tornado student-athletes
received the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors’ Association Academic Achievement
As a whole, 16 of King’s then 24 teams had a GPA of at least 3.0, including 242 student-athletes.
Additionally, there were 159 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or better; 29 achieved
a 4.0 GPA.
“At King we offer a broad variety of very successful athletic programs, where students
can come and be true student-athletes,” said David Hicks, athletic director for King
University. “Our student-athletes achieve success both in the classroom and on the
fields and courts. We have a beautiful campus with amazing athletic facilities, and
we value the opportunity to showcase these facilities and our programs to prospective
Registration is open at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the King’s Student Center Complex,
followed by a welcome by King University President, Dr. Greg Jordan, Athletic Director
David Hicks, and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Greg King. The
day includes information sessions on admissions, financial aid, academics, and NCAA,
along with tours of campus. Beginning at 1 p.m. on the Tornado Soccer field, student-athletes
and their families will also have the opportunity to meet with the Tornado coaching
staff and attend a lunch, while enjoying both Women’s and Men’s Soccer games.
Students interested in attending King’s Athletic Visit Day should RSVP by Wednesday,
October 2 by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or email@example.com. Student-athletes may also register online at visit.king.edu.nbsp;
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration,
education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities,
and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II
and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.