The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the oftentimes dangerous and exploitative athletics practices of that period.
The rugged nature of early football resulted in numerous injuries and deaths, prompting many college and universities to discontinue the sport.
Composed mainly of four-year higher education institutions and collections of institutions known as conferences, the NCAA is a membership organization. NCAA rules and policies are created by representatives from those institutions and conferences.
The NCAA is composed of three membership classifications: Divisions I, II and III. Representatives from these groups form the NCAA Executive Committee that oversees Association-wide issues.
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