Cleveland to Host 2012 National Collegiate Women?s Bowling Championship

Updated 9/30/2010

Cleveland, OH (September 27, 2010) - The NCAA has announced that the Mid-American Conference and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have been selected as the hosts for the 2012 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship. The nation's top eight teams, with ten student-athletes per team, will compete for a championship April 12-14, 2012 at Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the city of Cleveland and the Mid-American Conference to host the 2012 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship," said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. "We have partnered with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on a number of events and this will be another opportunity for the MAC to work with the Sports Commission to bring NCAA collegiate championship events to the Greater Cleveland area."

The 2012 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship is part of the NCAA Championship City program. In 2008, the NCAA selected Cleveland as one of six cities throughout the United States to serve as inaugural members in its "NCAA Championship City" pilot program. The program features multiple host opportunities of NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's championships through 2012 for each of the six cities. These championships celebrate Cleveland and provide an enhanced experience unlike any other for NCAA student-athletes and fans. For more information, visit www.clevelandsports.org.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 11 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school - Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. -- is an affiliate member for football only.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). Temple University (2007) competes in the East Division in football only. The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, visit www.mac-sports.com.

GREATER CLEVELAND SPORTS COMMISSION

The mission of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is to measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the Greater Cleveland community by attracting and creating significant sporting events and activities. Since 2000, the Sports Commission has been responsible for attracting over ninety sporting events and activities to the Greater Cleveland area, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact. For more information, visit www.clevelandsports.org.