13 years after leaving Kansas City to move to Tulsa, Okla., the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is headed back home. The NAIA left for Tulsa in 1993, but has spent the last five years in a Kansas City suburb of Olathe, Kan.
The organization has had trouble raising money to build a new headquarters in Olathe forcing them to head back to Kansas City.
Kansas City officials plan to give the NAIA $500,000 over five years for marketing services. City Manager Wayne Cauthen expects the city to recoup all its money through marketing Kansas City and attracting sporting events to the downtown area.
The NAIA represents almost 280 small colleges and universities. The NAIA’s annual basketball tournament has been held at the Municipal Auditorium since its induction.