HC joins NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative

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2002-02-14
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington College has joined the NAIA’s (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Champions of Character initiative. The Champions of Character initiative creates an environment in which every NAIA student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core character values: respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.

“As a Christian college, it is important for us to be a part of an initiative that supports the values we, as Christians, want to exhibit everyday,” said HC Athletic Director Gary Turner. “We are proud to be a part of an organization that is interested in the overall character of its members and their athletes. The NAIA is to be commended for its efforts to provide a more positive atmosphere in athletics.”

Huntington College has implemented different programs to support each of the character values. In the area of respect, a public address announcement is read at all basketball games, asking each participant, official and spectator to abide by each value to create a positive environment in which the athlete may participate, the official may work and the spectator may enjoy. In the area of integrity, the administrators signed a “Code of Ethics,” the coaches signed a “Coaches Code,” and the student-athletes signed a “Champions of Character Pledge.” Each of the documents were distributed by the NAIA. In the area of responsibility, Huntington College will report its graduation rate every year.

Forester student-athletes will continue to give numerous hours of community service, go on mission trips and create an atmosphere of sportsmanship to fulfill the character values of servant leadership and sportsmanship.

The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past five years HC has produced 27 All-Americans and 54 All-America Scholar Athletes. Huntington College is comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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