The College Receives Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award

Published on 12 November 2018

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has earned a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the 2017-18 season.

Committed to advancing character-driven athletics, the NAIA created its Champions of Character program to change the culture of sport by providing training to instill values that build character among students, coaches and parents. The program is focused on five core values – integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. 

Each year, NAIA institutions and conferences demonstrate their progress in pursuing character-driven athletics through the completion of the Champions of Character Scorecard, which measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in each of the core value categories.

Institutions can be recognized as Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions at three different levels: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74 points).  The College, which competes in the American Midwest Conference, recently earned a silver level distinction.

“The Champions of Character Five Star Institution Award is certainly an honor, and we devote effort each year toward reaching that goal,” said Jill Harter, director of athletics, fitness and recreation. “We’re so proud of our coaches, athletes and administrators for achieving Five Star status again this year.”

The College’s athletic program has always placed academics as a top priority for student-athletes, and the College’s overall commitment to developing the whole student aligns with the mission of the Champions of Character program. In 2013, the College appointed its first Champions of Character liaison to focus on this initiative and ensure that the College is meeting and exceeding the standards of the program.

“We have put in place specific conversations with coaches and players to make sure that we use the language of Champions of Character and promote the five core values throughout our teams’ seasons,” said Caleb Barnes, associate director of athletics administration and Champions of Character liaison. “Our players and coaches value servant leadership, and they demonstrate that through their many service projects in the community throughout the year.”

Schools submit their Champions of Character Scorecard at the end of each season. The College has earned a Five-Star distinction in three previous seasons, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

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