CMU 2012-13 NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Tied for second in nation

KANSAS CITY - Central Methodist has been named a 2012-13 NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution and tied for second in the country with a 98 out of 100 points on the Champions of Character Scorecard.

The Eagles tied for second with Columbia (S.C.), and both institutions fell one point shy of Oklahoma Baptist.

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.

CMU is one of 23 NAIA-member schools to have been recognized as a Champion of Character Institution (2002-09) and a Champion of Character Five Star Institution (2010-13) every year since the inception of the award.

For the second-straight year, all 23 NAIA Conferences were named Five Star Champions of Character Conferences, requiring at least 60 percent of its members to earn Five Star status. CMU is a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, one of eight conferences with 100 percent of its member schools making the grade.

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.


Posted October 3, 2013