HU received the award 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. The Foresters also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages.
Institutions are measured using the NAIA Scorecard and is based on the NAIA's flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. To receive this award, institutions must score at least 60 out of 100 possible points. HU earned 84 of the possible 100 points.
Conferences with at least 60% of their members earning Five Star recognition are designated as Champions of Character Five Star Conferences. Seven of the ten Crossroads League institutions received this award and as such, the Crossroads League has been named a Champions of Character Five Star Conference.