By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the fifth consecutive year, Stephens College has been certified by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution.
This year, the NAIA implemented a new tiered system to honor its five-star institutions. Based off a school’s point total on the Champions of Character scorecard, the institution can earn gold (90+), silver (75-90) or bronze (60-74) status. On the scorecard, institutions are awarded points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.
The Stars accrued 72 of a possible 100 points on the scorecard, just three points shy of reaching the silver level. Stephens, along with Williams Baptist College, tied for most points among American Midwest Conference (AMC) institutions. In all, nine AMC schools received bronze distinction.
Throughout the 2013-14 school year, the Stars were involved in several different outreach experiences in which they volunteered or presented the Champions of Character message to youth, parents and coaches around the community. Some of the events included the volleyball team holding a youth camp at Lange Middle School, the tennis team volunteering at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, soccer reading character-driven books to students at Midway Heights Elementary School and softball beginning its Spring Break by painting and cleaning up campus.
The Champions of Character program continues to ensure that the NAIA is at the forefront of character promotion in the collegiate athletic setting. Each year, the program provides resources to member institutions to enhance administrators, staff and student-athletes in the areas of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
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