A BIGGER and bolder National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) will open its 17th season later this year with three new schools hoping to make an immediate impact on the collegiate sporting landscape. The dynamic league recently approved the membership of Holy Angel University, De La Salle Araneta University and Saint Francis of Assisi College.
Holy Angel, one of the league’s founding members in 2001, formally rejoins the NAASCU after a long absence. The Angeles City-based university took a leave after the eighth season in academic year 2008-2009 but participated last season as a “guest” entry in Men’s and Women’s Volleyball with the Men reaching the semifinals.
De La Salle Araneta is looking to participate in all sporting disciplines on the NAASCU calendar. Aside from the main sport of Basketball, the Stallions have ready entries in Athletics, Swimming, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Street Dance, Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess and Taekwondo.
Saint Francis, a school known for producing its fair share of pro basketball stars in the last two decades, is looking forward to a bigger challenge. The Doves have won championships in many tournaments that they joined in the past and hope to introduce the next batch of cage stars to follow in the big footsteps of noted alumni Ranidel and Yancy de Ocampo, Ervin Sotto and Al Vergara.
The 16th NAASCU saw the advent the live coverage of its Basketball tournament on Basketball TV and Solar Sports. Coupled with the improved competition and level playing field, it was a sure formula for success that the league hopes to continue into the 17th season and beyond.