The purpose of the National Junior College Athletic Association is to promote and foster junior college athletics on intersectional and national levels so that results will be consistent with the total educational program of its member colleges.
The NJCAA began in 1938 thanks to the leadership and vision of several coaches and administrators at 13 two-year colleges in California. Their goal was to form a group to promote and supervise a national program of junior college sports and activities consistent with the educational objectives of junior colleges.
A constitution was developed and presented at the charter meeting in Fresno on May 14, 1938, was accepted and the National Junior College Athletic Association became a functioning organization.
Colleges represented at the charter meeting were Bakersfield, Chaffey, Compton, Fullerton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Mateo, Santa Monica, and Visalia.