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Winter Championships - Pursuit of Excellence

March Madness has swept across the nation, and millions of fans tuned in to watch the culmination of the Division I basketball season.

However, the madness that dominates March and April in college sports extends far beyond men’s and women’s basketball.

Of the NCAA’s 89 total championships, 31 take place in March and April, and more than 280 individual champions will be crowned this winter season. One individual at each site receives the Elite 89 award for achieving the highest cumulative grade-point average of any athletes competing at the championship finals site.

These championship events also provide an opportunity to positively impact surrounding communities. Division III works with local Special Olympics chapters to honor or engage with Special Olympics athletes during the championship. Division II’s partnership with Make-A-Wish enables member schools to help fund wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Finally, championships provide an exciting and memorable experience for the thousands of college athletes who relish competing at the highest level with the hope of bringing a national championship trophy back to their school