KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) remains at the forefront of character-driven athletics, Stephens College continues its run as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. On Thursday, the Stephens Athletics Department was one of 169 institutions named to the list of Five-Star Award winners.
It marks the sixth straight year that the Stars have earned the Five-Star distinction. Stephens improved its overall rating on the Champions of Character scorecard totaling 83 points during the 2014-15 academic year. With 83 points, the Stars were one of 68 institutions at the silver level.
Based off of a school’s point total on the scorecard, an institution can earn gold (90+), silver (75-90) and bronze (60-74) status. In 2013-14 – the first year of the tiered system (2013-14), the Stars accumulated 72 points for a bronze rating.
Receiving the Silver award was no surprise to Adam Samson, Assistant Athletics Director for External Relations and the Stars’ NAIA Champions of Character Liaison.
“The Champions of Character initiative is an integral part of our athletics program at Stephens,” Samson said. “Each day, I have the privilege of witnessing firsthand how impressive our student-athletes and coaches are. It sounds cliché, but our student-athletes are great stewards of character both on and off the field of play.”
Each year, the Champions of Character program provides resources to member institutions to enhance administrators, staff and student-athletes in its five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
To carry out the Champions of Character mission, the Stars participated in several outreach activities this past year in which they volunteered or presented the Champions of Character message to youth, parents and coaches around the community.
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