Humber hosting CCAA men’s 2020 basketball national championship

by | Mar 15, 2019 | Sports, Varsity

Jeremy Yudin, Sports Reporter

Humber will have the honour of hosting the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Basketball National Championship next year.

The event will be from March 18 to 21.

“I think our players from across the country can expect to be treated to an exceptional event in 2020,” said CCAA manager of communications and events Rodney Wilson.

The 2020 tournament will be Humber’s ninth CCAA National Championship event. The Hawks last hosted a national event in 2013 with the CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championship.

“I think Humber has a long standing tradition of hosting championships and a long story in men’s basketball so they’re a fantastic choice as hosts,” said CCAA Men’s Basketball Convenor Jeff Harris.

The men’s basketball program at Humber is one of the most storied programs in the OCAA and CCAA, leading the province and country in collegiate titles.

The Hawks have reached the OCAA podium an incredible 32 times in the past 35 years with 14 gold medals. Humber has earned 13 medals including six gold at the CCAA Nationals. The team was last crowned as National Champions in 2015.

Humber hosted the CCAA men’s basketball championship in 1983 and 2001. This will be the college’s third time hosting the sport.

CCAA President Alan Rogan has never seen a championship hosted in the west end of Toronto.

“I personally have never experienced a Humber national championship but everybody that I’ve talked to said they do things really well,” he said. “They create an incredible student-athlete experience which is what we’re trying to do at the CCAA.”

Rogan said there is certain criteria Humber has to have in order for their bid to be approved by the CCAA, such as the quality of facilities and social media platforms.

“With Humber’s bid, they definitely hit all the checkpoints and their bid was obviously strong enough to receive the blessing from the CCAA,” he said.

Other schools in the same conference level as Humber applied to host the event.

“We accepted it in our winter meetings and came out with it shortly after,” Wilson said.

The 2019 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship is currently being hosted by Langara College in Langley, B.C.