Northwest University has once again been named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five-Star Institution this year, as announced by the national NAIA office.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is the governing body for athletics programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Its 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 60,000 student-athletes for the chance to compete in its 23 national championship events held annually throughout the country.
The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution's commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, character recognition, academic focus, and character promotion.
This year, more than 80 percent of NAIA member institutions scored the 60 points necessary to be named Five-Star Champions of Character Institutions, and Northwest University is among them.
“While our coaches and athletes are first in line for congratulations, this award really requires an institutional commitment. Thank you to everyone at Northwest University who has had a part in this achievement.” -Dr. Joseph Castleberry, Northwest University President
In total, 217 schools were named Five-Star Champions of Character institutions for 2012-13. Among these honorees were 23 NAIA-member schools that have been recognized as Champions of Character Institutions (2002-09) and Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions (2010-13) every year since the inception of the institutional award.
For the second straight year, all 23 NAIA Conferences were named Five-Star Champions of Character Conferences. This distinction is bestowed on every conference in which 60 percent of the member institutions earn Champions of Character Five-Star Institution status.
Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official, and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013