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Dordt Earns Champions Of Character Distinction

October 3, 2013

(Thursday, October 3; Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt College was recently named a Champions of Character Institution by the NAIA for the 2012-13 school year.  The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution's commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, character recognition, academic focus and character promotion.

This year, more than 80 percent of NAIA member institutions scored the 60 points necessary to be named Five-Star Champions of Character Institutions.   In total, 217 schools were named Five-Star Champions of Character institutions for 2012-13.

This year, NAIA-member institutions average a 67.48 score on the Champions of Character Scorecard, which is comparable to the 2011-12 mark of 67.63. However, among Five-Star Champions of Character Institutions, the average score is 73.55—an improvement of over a point from last years’ figure of 71.91.

Dordt College totaled 82 points on the scorecard and is one of ten Great  Plains Athletic Conference institutions to earn the honor.

The biggest change from last year came in the conduct in competition category. For the 2011-12 season, NAIA programs accumulated 630 ejections. That number dropped to 578 for 2012-13.

For the second-straight year, all 23 NAIA Conferences were named Five Star Champions of Character Conferences. This distinction is bestowed on every conference in which 60 percent of the member institutions earn Champions of Character Five Star Institution status.

Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

List of NAIA Champions of Character

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