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National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

NAIA to dedicate seats to the late Buck and Betty Farmer, who attended more than 4,000 collective basketball tournament games, on March 17

Couple's streak spanned 69 years at the NAIA's Division I men's basketball championship tournament, the country's longest running collegiate national championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 6, 2017) – In honor of the most dedicated fans the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has seen during its 80-year history, the organization will dedicate a pair of seats to the late Buck and Betty Farmer during this year’s 2017 Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City. The dedication ceremony, with some of Buck and Betty’s family members in attendance, is scheduled to take place on March 17 during the tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The late Kansas City couple were the epitome of basketball fans and ambassadors of the NAIA. Prior to Betty’s passing in 2014, Buck and Betty attended every game from 1946 through 2014, totaling more than 2,000 straight games that they watched together over 414 total days. Buck continued the tradition until his passing in 2016.

The Buck and Betty Farmer seats will not be sat in during this year’s tournament. Beginning in 2018, their legacy will be honored by reserving the seats for dignitaries and community leaders, selected to sit in the seats for all 31 games of the tournament.

Buck and Betty Farmer Seat Dedication Event

When: Friday, March 17 during halftime of the second-round game, which begins at 5:45 p.m. Halftime is anticipated to start at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Where: Municipal Auditorium

Kansas City Convention Center

301 W. 13th Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Interviews: 

Linda Casey, Buck and Betty Farmer's only child (Linda is available for interviews as early as 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17 at Municipal Auditorium)

Jim Carr, NAIA CEO

Mike Higgins, NAIA director of championships

About the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is the governing body for athletics programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The long-held mission is to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics while promoting the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through sport participation. The association offers equitable access and opportunities to more than 65,000 student-athletes for the chance to compete in its 25 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

Today, the NAIA strengthens its commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting academic achievement and character development. NAIA Champions of Character is the association’s innovative flagship program designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves. To learn more visit www.NAIA.org.

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