Bethel Athletics Earns Champions of Character Five-Star Silver Award

Lissa Diaz

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released its Champions of Character Five-Star Award winners on Tuesday and the Bethel University Athletic Department earned a Silver Award for the 2018-19 athletic year.

The Pilots were one of ten teams in the Crossroads League—a 100-percent recognition rate—to earn a Five-Star Award, while the Crossroads League as a whole earned a Champions of Character Five-Star Conference Award.

“The NAIA's Champions of Character program is a perfect fit for Bethel University athletics as it's five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership line up with the character and culture that we strive for every day,” stated Bethel University Associate Athletic Director Christopher Hess.

“We are thrilled for our athletic department to be named to the Five Star Award once again,” continued Hess. “Who we are is really made up of so many facets of this campus community: coaches, student-athletes, administration, faculty and staff. What we do, we do together and living a life to love one another and serve Christ in all that we do is what we are all about.”

The Champions of Character Scorecard measures a commitment to character training, academic focus, character promotion, conduct in competition, and character recognition on a scale of 0-100 points. Award levels are based on the number of points earned: gold (90-100 points), silver (75-89 points) and bronze (60-74 points). Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competitions throughout the course of the academic year.

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