The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals.
A nonprofit organization is an organization whose purpose is something other than making a profit.
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It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
A student athlete is a participant in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the educational institution in which he or she is enrolled.
College is an educational institution or a constituent part of one.
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The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indianapolis, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County.
In 2014, the NCAA generated almost a billion dollars in revenue.
80 to 90% of this revenue was due to the Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
This revenue is then distributed back into various organizations and institutions across the United States.
In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I, Division II, and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention.
Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport.
A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education.
Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships.
Generally, larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978.
Subsequently, the term "Division I-AAA" was briefly added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer officially used by the NCAA.
In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were respectively renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision.
Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States.