Varsity Football Team, 1905

NYU was instrumental in the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). After a tragic football accident in 1905, Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken declared that the game needed regulation for the safety of the players. Heeding his call, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later renamed the NCAA), consisting of 65 colleges, formed in December 1905 to regulate football. More than 80 years later, another chancellor, L. Jay Oliva, participated in the rebirth of sports at NYU by championing the transition from Division I to Division III athletics. NYU was also a founding member, with eight other institutions, of the University Athletic Association, which endorsed strong academic goals while offering student athletes the opportunity to compete.

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