Siloam Springs, Ark (February 26, 1999) - The sweat and emotion of 23 years of competition will be but a memory following this Spring's Tri-State tournament hosted by the John Brown University Admissions office on March 4-6.
Each year, throughout the three days of competition, at least 1,000 students and their families hungry for competition and the thrill of victory swarm onto the JBU campus with hopes of taking home a trophy and perhaps being recruited to play sports for JBU. And each year, enemies are vanquished, trophies are won and sportsmen and women go home with dreams of taking home the winning trophy the next year.
However, this year will turn many competitive spirits into mere fond memories as JBU has decided to discontinue sponsoring the tournament. The decision was made when more and more schools began dropping out of the Tri-State Conference in order to join other leagues thus diminishing the pool of competitors.
Currently, there are no plans for any other schools to take up sponsoring the competition.
The tournament, which focuses on private high schools from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, began as an opportunity for a large number of prospective students and their families to see the JBU campus.
Tri-State, held in both the Fall and Spring, focuses on men’s soccer and women’s volleyball in the Fall and men’s and women’s basketball in the Spring.
The tournament remaining this Spring promises to bring hundreds of excited athletes onto the JBU campus once again and provide bittersweet memories for both old and new competitors alike.
Since 1919, John Brown University, an interdenominational, Christian university, has provided top-quality Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on training the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,400 students from over 44 states and 38 countries.
For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building colleges. The University has also been repeatedly included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.