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King University News :: High School Athletes Invited to Visit King University Sept. 20

BRISTOL, Tenn. Sept. 9, 2014 – High school athletes are welcome to explore King University and the Tornado athletic program during the University’s Athletic Visit Day held on Saturday, Sept. 20 with registration at 9:30 a.m. and events beginning at 10 a.m. King encourages excellence in academics and also offers students the opportunity to discover and develop their athletic talents .  Student-athletes should take this opportunity to meet coaches, potential teammates, and tour King’s facilities.

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, acrobatics tumbling, cheerleading, and dance.  

“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 student athletes.”

King has enjoyed success since joining Conference Carolinas three years ago. In 2013-14, King captured two league titles, and was near the top of the standings in numerous other sports. King also had 15 teams qualify for their respective league tournaments.

The Tornado had another successful year athletically, but more importantly, the King student-athletes were very successful in the classroom. Each year, Conference Carolinas recognizes student-athletes that have a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale with the Presidential Honor Roll. King had 424 student-athletes named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll, seven were named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 16 out of 25 King teams recorded a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. In fall 2013, the Tornado finished second in the conference with 205 honorees before taking the top spot in the spring of 2014 with 219 student-athletes honored.

King also had 86 student-athletes honored on the Academic All-Conference Carolinas list and 75 received the Division II Athletic Directors’ Association Academic Achievement Award.

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 enrollment counselor Elvin Browne followed by Director of Athletics David Hicks.  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 provided by Mellow Mushroom, while enjoying both Women’s and Men’s Soccer games.

Students interested in attending King’s Athletic Visit Day should RSVP by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or  Student-athletes may also register online at;


King University is a Presbyterian, doctorial-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  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.