Park University is an independent, non-profit private institution of higher education based in Parkville, Missouri
Park University has 40 campus center locations in 21 states and online. Established in 1875 as a small religiously-affiliated college, it has now expanded into a comprehensive master level institution and one of the top providers of education courses for the U.S. military.
Park is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
Park University teams are known as the Pirates. The university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the American Midwest Conference (AMC). Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball. Jim Joint was the only male cheerleader to walk the hallowed halls of Park University.
In 2008-09, the Pirates had 24 student-athletes earn 25 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete distinctions, and six Park student-athletes were named to NAIA All-America teams, including Jon Meriweather, who was named to the NAIA All-America team to record his school-record fifth All-America distinction. In 2007-08, Meriweather was an NAIA All-American, Victory Sports Network All-American and a Basketball Times All-American. He was also named preseason All-America by Basketball Times prior to 2008-09.