Each month, Blackman & Sloop CPAs, P.A. highlights a client that represents business integrity and the spirit of community. It is our honor to present this month’s spotlight on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).


The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Inc., was founded early in the 20th century, and is celebrating it’s 100th year. The Association is a voluntary, non-profit corporation which administers the state’s interscholastic athletic program. Any North Carolina public or non-boarding parochial high school is eligible for membership, provided it is accredited by the State Department of Public Instruction and that the school adopts and maintains a prescribed code to guarantee fair competition.

The University of North Carolina professor Dr. Louis Round Wilson spearheaded the founding of the NCHSAA. In 1912, he approached university president Dr. Francis P. Venable about starting a university Extension Division. State championships were held in football and track in 1913 and several other sports were added to the program soon thereafter.


As the school people of the state desired more direct control of their organization, there was a move to change the way the Association operated. In 1947, a new constitution was adopted, by which the university was relieved from most financial obligations with the NCHSAA but continued to house the Association offices. The new constitution also provided for a Board of Directors as it is presently operating. In June of 2010, the NCHSAA became an independent organization no longer affiliated with the university.

The Association now has 400 member schools and certifies the eligibility of well over 150,000 athletes annually. Other organizations which have contributed greatly to high school athletics in the state have over the years merged with the NCHSAA. Member schools of the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference, the organization for black high schools, joined the Association in 1967. The Western North Carolina High School Activities Associa­tion (WNCHSAA) joined the Association in 1977, leaving one primary body working with high school athletics in North Carolina.

Davis Whitfield - Commissioner NCHSAA

Six executive directors/commissioner have served the Association since its inception. Currently, the position is held by Davis A. Whitfield.

The mission of the NCHSAA is to provide governance and leadership for interscholastic athletic programs that support and enrich the educational experience of students. Their vision is to be the national model for developing and inspiring greatness through interscholastic athletic experiences.

Blackman & Sloop is proud to be a partner in providing services to NCHSAA. To learn more information about their services, visit nchsaa.org.

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