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Ursuline receives Champions of Character Five Star Award

November 01, 2010

Ursuline is one of 240 institutions that received the Five Star Award; Rank 34 in nation with 77 points

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) awarded Ursuline College and 239 other colleges and universities the Champions of Character Five Star Award.

Of the 240 schools given the Five Star Award, only 33 schools ranked higher than Ursuline College, who had 77 points on the Champions of Character scorecard. To receive the award, members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and conferences named to the list had at least 60% of its member schools making the grade with 60 or more points.

The American Mideast Conference was one of the 20 conferences to be given this honor as well. 10 of the conferences 12 teams received the Five Star Award, while Ursuline ranked second in the conference behind Walsh.

The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate in everyday decisions integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The NAIA and member institutions use the Champions of Character program to instill an understanding of character values in sport, and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting. The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is not just about winning, but making good decisions consistently in daily life.

To be considered a Champions of Character institution, schools must incorporate the five core values in the campus community and educate student-athletes, coaches, parents and fans on specific standards and expectations.

"The Champions of Character program supports performance-driven athletics, while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletic departments," said NAIA Vice President of Champions of Character Rob Haworth. "I congratulate these fine institutions and thank the administrators, coaches and student-athletes for playing a role in advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics."

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