By Chris Megginson / Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Campbellsville University continues to uphold the standards of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, being named once again as an NAIA Five Star Champions of Character Institution, the national office announced Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Campbellsville is listed among the Top 28 percent of the more than 250 NAIA institutions scored by the Championship of Character Scorecard. CU’s score of 74 is the second-highest score in the Mid-South Conference and highest among NAIA Division I institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
“We are pleased to be named a Champions of Character Five Star institution by the NAIA again this year,” Rusty Hollingsworth, director of athletics, said. “The NAIA has increased the requirements for institutions to be recognized as a Champions of Character Institution in recent years, and our coaches and student-athletes continue to their commitment to this program.
“I am excited about the future of our character initiatives at Campbellsville University and those which have been put in place by the Mid-South Conference.”
The award is given annually to institutions scoring 60 or more total points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard., which gives points for character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
Shawnee State University had the highest score among Mid-South Conference members for the second straight year with 80 points. Campbellsville is second in the MSC but leads the way among MSC charter members.
The conference had nine full-time members with 60 or more points on the Champions of Character Scorecard: Shawnee State (80), Campbellsville (74), University of Rio Grande (74), Lindsey Wilson College (73), Cumberland University (72), University of the Cumberlands (72), University of Pikeville (70), Georgetown College (69) and St. Catharine College (68).
Thirteen of the14 NAIA institutions in Kentucky received the honor, led by Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference members Midway College (82) and Alice Lloyd College (76), both of whom play basketball in NAIA Division II.
More than 80 percent of the NAIA institutions scored at least 60 points on the Champions of Character Scorecard. All 23 athletic conferences achieved Five Star status. The NAIA’s scorecard was created to provide institutions with a checklist of measurable goals on their commitment and utilization of the five core character values -- respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship -- the association embraces.
Five Star Award recipients will be recognized on the NAIA Champions of Character website, and receive a special web banner and certificate noting the honor. Presidents, athletics directors and conference commissioners at award winning colleges, universities or conferences also will be recognized at the 72nd Annual NAIA National Convention in April.
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