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CIAA Community Involvement

We are excited to welcome back students, alumni and basketball fans for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament in Baltimore this February 20-26, 2023! In 2022 this longstanding tradition saw 66,000 fans spending $8.3 million at local businesses and we look forward to building upon that success.

Visit Baltimore is committed to supporting and promoting the small and minority-owned businesses that make Charm City a distinctive destination. There are many opportunities to showcase dining, retail, attractions, museums and nightlife across our many neighborhoods and Main Streets. Find out how you can help make this week a success, including promoting your business, hosting an event or volunteering your time.

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How to Get Involved

Ways for local residents and business owners to get in on the action!

Buy Tickets and Plan Your CIAA Experience

Buy your tickets for all seven games now! Plan your tournament experience with basketball, social events, educational seminars, Fan Fest and more happening all week long.

Become a Fan Fest Vendor

The Vendor Village request portal is now live and running an early bird special through Nov. 14 (Use promo code VENDOR). As an exhibitor, you have the opportunity to sell your goods, services and distribute information from one of the largest attended venues during CIAA Week!

For any questions or inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Prioritize Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Free training with a focus on the history of the CIAA and how to create an inclusive environment will be held in January 2023. Official dates, times and registration information to come.

Join Visit Baltimore’s Warm Welcome program to get access to DEI training materials, and help us create a welcoming environment for all CIAA athletes and attendees.

Join the BOP Pass and Black-Owned Business Directory

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your business featured in the BOP Pass and Black-Owned Business Directory! More than 800 fans registered for the mobile pass and directory during the 2022 tournament. Email [email protected] to join before the 2023 tournament.

Volunteer to Welcome Visitors

Sign up now to welcome athletes, coaches, families and alumni from all up and down the east coast at games, education sessions, special events, info booths and welcome programs at our hotels, airport and train station. Volunteer shifts are available at dozens of different locations throughout Baltimore and all volunteers registering for 2 or more shifts will receive official CIAA uniform swag.

Become a Local Contributor

Learn how your company or institution can be part of this exciting event, get in touch to discuss opportunities:

Anjelica Butcher
Local Contributor Coordinator
[email protected]

Get the word out

Help us get the word out about the 2023 CIAA Tournament in Baltimore! Find social graphics and captions to copy and post to your accounts in our CIAA Toolkit. Stay tuned for more posts in the months leading up to the tournament, including videos and printable window signs! And, don’t forget to follow and engage with Visit Baltimore and the CIAA across your social channels.

Event Promoters

Resources for hosting an event during the CIAA Tournament.

2022 Recap

We are pleased to recap the success of the 2022 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament during its first in-person run in Baltimore since 1952.

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Key Contacts

Who to reach out to when you need more information.

CIAA Inquiries/ Event Inquiries

Sonjie DeCaires
Visit Baltimore CIAA Event Consultant
[email protected]

Local Baltimore Information

Bon Whiting
Senior Project Manager
[email protected]

John Chrissomallis
Chief Inspector
Board of Liquor License Commissioners
[email protected]

Staci Russell
Assistant Executive Secretary
Board of Liquor License Commissioners
[email protected]

Michelle Abbott-Cole
Operations Officer III
Department of Transportation
[email protected]

Plan Your Tournament Experience

Basketball, social events, educational seminars, step shows, Fan Fest and more happening all week long!

Visit Baltimore Merch

Show off your Baltimore pride in style with t-shirts, hats and hoodies featuring the Visit Baltimore logo. Plus get your hands on our one-of-a-kind posters.