A busy week of CIAA Tournament-related activities in Charlotte began at midday Monday with the annual Tip-Off Awards Luncheon in the ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center.
Before the week is finished, Charlotte will be the host for 22 CIAA mens and womens basketball tournament games; the three-day CIAA Toyota Fan Experience; and a post-tournament party featuring entertainer Chaka Khan.
And thats just a part of the CIAA-sanctioned events.
In addition, there are dozens of unofficial parties and concerts in the city for the tournament, one of the biggest tourist draws of the year for Charlotte.
The awards luncheon is the only official event on Mondays schedule. Tuesdays schedule features six first-round tournament games -- womens contests at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and mens games at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Students become a part of the celebration Wednesday, with the NASA-sponsored CIAA Middle School Day and the NEA-sponsored CIAA High School Day events at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The biggest crowds are expected to arrive around Thursday, when the number of events grows.