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(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Park University was one of 217 institutions named Champions of Character Five Star Institutions in 2012-13, joining Lyon College as one of the 23 institutions receiving the award in each year seven years running. The two anchored the American Midwest Conference, which was also named a Champions of Character Five Star Conference.
In addition to Park and Lyon, Aquinas College (Mich.), Baker University (Kan.), Blue Mountain College (Miss.), Bluefield College (Va.), Briarcliff University (Iowa), Central Methodist University (Mo.), Concordia University (Ore.), Goshen College (Ind.), Indiana Institute of Technology, John Brown University (Ark.), Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.), Milligan College (Tenn.), Morris College (S.C.), Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Purdue University North Central (Ind.), University of Rio Grande (Ohio), Taylor University (Ind.) and Wayland Baptist University (Texas) have also earned the award seven-straight years.
To become a Champions of Character Five Star Institution, institutions must score at least 60 points (out of 100) on the Champions of Character scorecard. Park (72 points), Benedictine-Springfield (61 points), Columbia (78 points), Hannibal-LaGrange (71 points), Harris-Stowe (64 points), Lyon (66 points), Missouri Baptist (75 points), Stephens (76 points), William Woods (84 points) and Williams Baptist (61 points) all earned Five Star status, making the AMC one of the NAIA's only 100-percent Five Star conferences.
In addition, 2013-14 newcomers Mid-Continent and Freed-Hardeman made the list for the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
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.
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.
The American Midwest Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Midwest Collegiate Conference, North Star Athletic Association, Southern States Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference shared top billing with each conference having 100 percent of its member schools make the grade. The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference were repeat 100 percent conferences from a year ago.
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.