The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced that Reinhardt College was one of the 199 member colleges and universities to be named as a Champions of Character institution for the 2007-08 academic year. The number of institutions recognized is a 20 percent increase from 2006-07. These institutions share the NAIA’s commitment to high standards and to the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total education process.
Guiding with Core Values
“I am proud that our student-athletes have given back to the community and we will continue to add more and more projects that make a difference,” Reinhardt athletic director Bill Popp said. “Reinhardt College is a very caring and genuine place to be and our student-athletes understand that, and they really want to give back in the community. The Champions of Character program from the NAIA helps to guide us with its core values.”
The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate in everyday decisions respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. The NAIA and member institutions use the Champions of Character program to instill an understanding of character values in sport, and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside of the sports setting.
“Champions of Character has a profound impact on student-athletes"
“Champions of Character has a profound impact on student-athletes, coaches and in the communities the NAIA and member institutions serve,” said Rob Haworth, NAIA Vice President for Champions of Character. “I am delighted to see an increase in the number of schools that use the program to intentionally teach character. Champions of Character uses the power of sport to teach lessons for life. I applaud these institutions for their commitment to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics.”
Principles to Become a Champions of Character Institution
The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is not just about winning, but making good decisions consistently in daily life. To be considered a Champions of Character institution, schools must complete a form which is later reviewed by a team directed by Haworth. These institutions must demonstrate how the campus incorporates the Champions of Character program in five specific areas: athletic contests, public service projects, established policies related to behavior in practice and game situations, athletic and academic environment, and character education.
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