NAIA names Huntington University a ‘Champion of Character’

Lori Culler, Huntington UniversityHuntington, Ind. — The NAIA has recognized Huntington University with the Champions of Character Five Star Award.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which boasts a proud reputation as an arena that promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values simultaneously, recognized 204 colleges and universities and 20 conferences with the Champions of Character Five Star Award. To receive the award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and conferences named to the list had at least 60 percent of its member schools making the grade with 60 or more points.

Huntington scored 61 points. This is the first year that the NAIA has implemented the use of the scorecard to track institutions’ involvement in the program.
Champions of Character, Huntington University
“We’re ecstatic to be included among the institutions to receive this honor and recognition. Much of the credit goes to our dedicated coaching staff. They are the ones putting in the time and effort organizing activities such as community service projects, camps and clinics where the NAIA’s Champions of Character message can be shared,” said Lori Culler, Huntington University athletic director. “The staff also does an outstanding job of recruiting quality student athletes who perform at a high level in the classroom and who desire to play a role in shaping the character of sport.”

The scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress toward advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics. The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletics departments.
Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

Five Star Award recipients are recognized on the NAIA Champions of Character website, and receive a special web banner and certificate noting the honor. They will also be recognized at the 70th Annual NAIA National Convention in April.

For more information about Champions of Character or to see the full list of recipients, visit
 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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