UD Readies For National Collegiate Taekwondo Association Championships

NEWARK, Del.—The University of Delaware and the Delaware Sports Commission will host the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) Championships and second National High School Championships April 4-5. 

“This is another example of the state of Delaware and UD contributing to the U.S. Olympic movement,” said Matthew Robinson, professor of sport management at UD who also serves as chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission. 

Over 500 competitors are expected to compete in the event. The collegiate division championships will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 USA Taekwondo National Championships in Austin, Texas, and will also serve as the team trials for the 2015 U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Team which will represent the United States in July at the Summer World University Games (SWUG) in Kwangju, Korea.

The Delaware Sports Commission, a not-for‐profit organization, was established to attract large and small sporting events to Delaware to benefit the sports industry and community and to positively impact Delaware’s economy. 

“We are proud to partner with the UD to welcome the nation’s best taekwondo competitors to Newark,” said Chris Giacomucci, executive director of the Delaware Sports Commission. “This will certainly be a new event for Newark and the University of Delaware campus, but we are excited at the prospects of welcoming so many competitors and their families traveling from out of state to dine on Main Street and patronize local businesses over Easter weekend.”

Formed in 1970, the NCTA works to promote taekwondo in colleges and universities and to create a better understanding of the culture and philosophy of the martial art.

“For the past 40 years, NCTA has been serving as a great pipeline and grassroots development for our national team and Olympic team members,” said Russell Ahn, president of the NCTA. “The National Collegiate Taekwondo Association is excited to be hosting the event at the world class facilities at the University of Delaware.”