September 12, 2013

High school athletes invited to visit King University

BRISTOL, Tenn. – 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 10:00 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 Award. 

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 student athletes.”

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 admissions@king.edu.  Student-athletes may also register online at http://visit.king.edu.