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High School Athletes Invited to Visit King University Oct. 24

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 5, 2015 – High school athletes are welcome to explore King University and the Tornado athletic program during the University’s Athletic Visit Day to be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 with registration at 9:30 a.m. and events beginning at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Complex on the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

“In addition to its tradition of academic excellence, King University encourages students to discover and develop their athletic talents,” says David Hicks, athletic director for King University. “Athletic Visit Day is the perfect opportunity for student-athletes to meet with coaches and potential teammates.”

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,” comments Hicks. “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’s record of academic and athletic success continued in 2014-15, as Tornado captured two team and one individual national championship, two team and one individual Conference Carolinas championship, and finished near the top of the conference standings in numerous other sports.

More importantly, King student-athletes continued to excel 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 471 student-athletes named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll in the fall and spring combined, five were named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 17 out of 25 King teams recorded a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

King also had 59 student-athletes honored on the Conference Carolinas Academic All Conference team list and 79 received the Division II Athletic Directors’ Association Academic Achievement Award.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the King’s Student Center Complex, followed by a welcome by King University Director of Athletics David Hicks. The day includes information sessions on admissions, financial aid, academics, and the NCAA, along with tours of campus. Beginning at 1 p.m. on the Tornado Soccer fields, student-athletes and their families will also have the opportunity to meet with the Tornado coaching staff and attend a lunch while enjoying both Tornado 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-affiliated, doctoral-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 sports. 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 on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.