BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University has sponsored acrobatics and tumbling for three years, and the upcoming season the Tornado will be members of the first acrobatics and tumbling conference. Along with three other schools, King is inaugural members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) acrobatics and tumbling league.
"We are excited to add the ECAC Acrobatics & Tumbling League to our already-impressive list of leagues," ECAC Interim Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer John Rollins said. "The ECAC's primary goal is to enhance the experience of the student-athletes within our membership, and we look forward to doing just that by providing these student-athletes with further opportunities to compete and earn recognition for their accomplishments."
King, along with Quinnipiac University, Alderson Broaddus University and Gannon University form the first acrobatics and tumbling conference and they will begin competition in 2017. Acrobatics and tumbling continues to grow as there are currently 16 schools nationwide that sponsor acrobatics and tumbling.
"The ECAC is a premier athletic conference known for providing opportunity for student-athletes and enabling them to succeed," Athletic Director David Hicks said. Acrobatics and tumbling is an exciting, growing sport which offers amazing opportunities to student-athletes, and we are excited about this partnership and the ways the ECAC league will enhance their experience."
This marks King's second sport to become members of the ECAC as men's wrestling was members of the inaugural wrestling league last season.