Baron® Attends The 2022 NJCAA Convention

by Last updated Apr 20, 2022Conference

Baron® Championship Rings is the official Championship Ring provider of the NJCAA

Birmingham, AL Baron® Championship Rings was honoured to have been invited to participate in the NJCAA 2022 Convention presented by the Marines, which was held in Birmingham, AL April 11-15. 

The event presented an opportunity for NJCAA athletics directors, coaches, sport information directors, administrators, and presidents to participate in professional development sessions led by association, industry leaders and partners, and sponsors.

The NJCAA is an extremely important part of the Baron® portfolio, and we plan on playing a substantial role as their new partner.

We believe our strong foundation, ever-progressive design, and manufacturing capabilities will support the pivot the NJCAA has made from their previous supplier.

“After a successful virtual event last year, the NJCAA is thrilled to welcome back the action-packed 2022 NJCAA Convention in person with the latest association updates, professional development sessions, and the largest exhibit hall in the event’s history,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President, and CEO before the event start.

“The convention provides time for the NJCAA to come together for the betterment of our members and association.”

— Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President, and CEO

Convention attendees were able to have the opportunity to take part in several sessions and programming specific to their day-to-day role within the NJCAA on April 11-12.

Some of the session topics included:

  • professional development for coaches
  • athletic directors
  • sport information directors and presidents
  • health and welfare of student-athletes
  • compliance and eligibility best practices and equity
  • diversity, and inclusion

On April 12, the event held an off-site evening social at the City of Birmingham’s new football stadium, Protective Stadium. From April 12 to April 13, convention attendees had direct access to a variety of official NJCAA partners and sponsors at the convention exhibit hall, featuring over 40 exhibitors.

Baron® Championship Rings was one of the many to have been granted the opportunity to showcase some of the most well-designed and crafted Championship Rings. Particularly, Baron® featured the latest official NJCAA Championship Rings, which was a crowd favourite.

2022 NJCAA Annual Awards

The 2022 NJCAA Annual Awards were held the night of April 13 and recognized the achievements of individuals within the association’s leadership structure, member colleges, and contributors, as well as former student-athletes. View Past Recipients

The following awards were created to provide proper recognition to those that have served the association honourably, helped advance the mission of the association, or have helped raise the profile of the NJCAA through their accomplishments:

The George E. Killian Award of Excellence – The George E. Killian Award of Excellence has been awarded annually since 2006 to individuals that have demonstrated the ideals of voluntarism, achievement, service, leadership, and excellence as exemplified by its namesake. View Past Recipients
Dan Johnson – Southeast Community College (NE)
Jo Ann Rogers – Prince George Community College (MD)

The Reed K. Swenson Leadership Award – The award seeks to recognize those that have demonstrated superior leadership and achievement in contributing to the advancement of amateur athletics. View Past Recipients

The Mary Ellen Leicht Service Award  – The award is given to those – most often not an athlete – who have made significant contributions to two-year college athletics on a national level for an extended period of time. View Past Recipients
Brian Beck – NJCAA National Office
LeAnn Cox – Visit Hutch

2022 Loyalty Award -The Loyalty Award is given to an active athletic director in the NJCAA membership that has worked to uphold the ideals of the organization. View Past Recipients
Darin Monroe – Rock Valley (IL) | Athletic Director, Head Softball Coach

Achievement Award – Reserved for recognizing superior athletic success, the Achievement Award is presented to a former NJCAA student-athlete that has displayed outstanding ability in national, professional, Olympic or international competition while also displaying excellent ethical character. View Past Recipients
Andre De Grasse – Coffeyville Community College (KS)

NJCAA Athletic Director of the Year – The NJCAA Athletic Director of the Year is awarded to an NJCAA Athletic Director who best exemplifies the overall purpose of leading their institution, athletic department, student-athletes, and community through positive initiatives and contributions. 
Jose Barron – New Mexico Military Institute

2022 NJCAA Athletic Trainer of the Year – The NJCAA Athletic Trainer of the Year is awarded to an athletic trainer who best exemplifies the overall purpose of leading their institution, athletic department, and student-athletes through athletic training.
Amber Nichols – Genesee Community College (NY)

2022 NJCAA Sports Information Director of the Year  – The NJCAA Sports Information Director of the Year is awarded to a sports information director who best exemplifies the overall purpose of promoting and leading their institution, athletic department, and student-athletes through sports information. 
Bryan Stewart – Indian Hills (IA)

2022 Appreciation Award  – The Appreciation Award is handed out strictly at the discretion of the current NJCAA President & CEO to recognize superior contributions to the Association. View Past Recipients
Lea Plarski – NJCAA Leader and Former President

2022 Merit Award  – The Merit Award has been given to NJCAA alumni in various fields including professional sports, politics, and music. View Past Recipients
Zac Taylor – Butler (KS)

Read more about all NJCAA Annual Awards.

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2022 NJCAA Spring Championships

Take a look at some upcoming 2022 NJCAA Spring Championships. View the full NJCAA Championship list.

DI Women’s Tennis Championship

May 7-11, 2022 Reffkin Tennis Center | Tucson, AZ

DI Men’s Golf Championship

May 10-13, 2022 Odessa Golf Club | Odessa, TX

Men’s Lacrosse Championship

May 14-15, 2022 Nassau Community College | Garden City, NY

DI Softball Championship

May 24-28, 2022 Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex | Yuma, AZ

Choose your baseball championship ring design by Baron Championship Rings
DI Baseball World Series

May 28-June 3/4, 2022 Sam Suplizio Field | Grand Junction, CO

DIII Women’s Golf Championship

June 7-10, 2022 Chautauqua Golf Course | Chautauqua, NY