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INTERVIEW: Head of the NAIA Says Iowa's Transgender Athlete Ban Will Not Impact National Tournaments in Sioux City

Tyson Events Center

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law banning transgender girls and women from competing in sports in the state.

The ban immediately applies to competition in K-12 schools, community colleges, and colleges and universities that are part of the NCAA or NAIA.

Siouxland Public Media reached out to the head of the NAIA to see if the law will impact Sioux City’s role as host of several national NAIA events. President and CEO Jim Carr spoke to Siouxland Public Media from Brookings, South Dakota, where he was attending the NAIA National Track and Field Championships.

NAIA's Jim Carr
NAIA's Jim Carr

The NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship takes place at the Tyson Events Center from March 17th through the 22nd and features the top 16 teams from across the country.

News release from Spectra:

Sioux City, IA (February 18, 2022) – Sioux City is proud to welcome the annual National Associate Of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, returning to the Tyson Events Center March 17 – 22, 2022. The championship will feature the 16 top women’s basketball teams from across the country, competing in a single-elimination championship that tips off Thursday, March 17.

Full tournament and single day passes are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased online at www.TysonCenter.com, by calling 712.279.4850, or by visiting the Primebank Box Office.

The 2022 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship is presented by Bomgaars and welcomed by the Sioux City Sports Commission, The Stuck Biven-Rose Group at Baird, U.S. Bank, Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront, Riverside Technologies, Inc., The City Of Sioux City, Security National Bank, Explore Sioux City, and The South Sioux City CVB. Championship Night on March 22 is presented by Scheels.

Championship Schedule:

Thursday, March 17 Game Times: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Friday, March 18 Game Times: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Saturday, March 19 Game Times: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Monday, March 21 Game Times: 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Tuesday, March 22 Championship Game Presented by Scheels: 7:00 PM

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