The NCAA College Basketball Academy has announced Rock Hill, SC as the host city for the 2024 NCAA College Basketball Academies to take place July 23-30, 2024. Winthrop University is the host institution for the event, and the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center, operated and maintained by the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department (PRT) is the host venue.
These developmental academies for the country’s top student-athletes provide an opportunity for players to train, develop skills and learn about college basketball. The program was created with input from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
The Academies are held during an NCAA live recruiting period, enabling the players to showcase their talents in hopes of securing college scholarships. The Academies are the only event NCAA Division I Basketball Coaches are permitted to attend during this period. Athletes and their parents or chaperones will also receive training on NCAA eligibility, the recruiting process and related topics. The Academies are not open to the public.
• The College Basketball Academy for men will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2024 to Thursday, July 25, 2024.
• The College Basketball Academy for women will take place Saturday, July 27, 2024 to Monday, July 29, 2024.
“The City of Rock Hill is pleased to learn that Winthrop University will host the NCAA College Basketball Academy in 2024, and that the event will be held at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center,” says City of Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys. “The City of Rock Hill builds state-of-the-art facilities to host world-class events such as this and to enhance recreation opportunities for our citizens. We look forward to offering an unforgettable experience to these athletes and their families as they enjoy all Rock Hill has to offer.”
“Winthrop University, in partnership with Visit York County and the City of Rock Hill, continues to soar to new heights by attracting another national NCAA event,” said Chuck Rey, Winthrop University Athletic Director. “This collaboration exemplifies the dedication to build world-class facilities, foster vibrant hospitality, and tailor amenities to provide the ultimate NCAA basketball experience. We are proud to serve as both a gracious host and the ideal university partner for this event to positively showcase this region and the NCAA to the world.”
The Academies are expected to bring over 2,500 players, supporters and coaches to the Rock Hill area creating a positive impact on our local economy. During FY2023, tourism events at the Sports & Event Center and other City of Rock Hill facilities created an estimated direct economic impact of $86.3 million from 471,400 visitors, with 194,900 hotel room nights created.
“Hosting the NCAA College Basketball Academy will bring incredible exposure and significant economic impact for York County,” said Andy Clinton, President and CEO for Visit York County. “We appreciate our partnership with the City of Rock Hill and Winthrop University that allows us to continue to recruit prestigious events like the NCAA College Basketball Academy.”
Visit York County partnered with PRT on the event recruitment, and they will provide visitor services.
About the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) Department:
The City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) department serves as the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Rock Hill, South Carolina. The department recruits and hosts top-level events and tournaments at venues owned, operated and maintained by the City, establishing tourism as an economic engine for our region. The department’s overall mission is to provide a wholesome program of leisure, recreational, tourism and cultural opportunities and facilities to enhance the quality of life for Rock Hill residents and visitors. Visit www.cityofrockhill.com/prt for more information.
About Winthrop University:
As a public, comprehensive institution located in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop provides an education that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement with an emphasis on lifelong professional and personal development. The goal is for students to learn to be critical thinkers, informed citizens, and collaborative problem-solvers. Winthrop grants 47 undergraduate degrees and 22 graduate programs and certificates across four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the Richard W. Riley College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Visit www.winthrop.edu for more information.
About Visit York County:
As the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for York County, South Carolina, Visit York County exists to raise the profile and boost the economy of York County through tourism and desnaon markeng while also contributing to the quality of life for residents. For additional information, visit www.VisitYorkCounty.com