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GV - Fri, Sep. 8, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Grand View University was honored by the NAIA with a Gold Five-Star Award for its commitment to character-driven competition by earning a perfect score on the NAIA Champions of Character scorecards for 2016-17.

Every year, each NAIA institution and conference demonstrates their progress in pursuing character-driven athletics. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of 100 points. Points are earned in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Points are also earned based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

Throughout the 2016-17 academic year Grand View coaches and student-athletes participated in several different activities including mentoring youth in the surrounding communities, cleaning up the Des Moines area, participating in the Out of Darkness walks to raise suicide awareness, speaking to Boys and Girls Club trainees, middle schools and local churches about the meaning and importance of teamwork and being a champion of character and many more.  

This year 183 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award, up from 171 institutions last year. Included were 66 institutions at the gold distinction level, 76 at the silver distinction level and 41 at the bronze distinction level.

Fourteen NAIA Institutions tied with top honors with 100 points. Those were Dakota Wesleyan University, Eastern Oregon University, Evangel University, Grand View University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Lindsey Wilson College, Menlo College, Midway University, Milligan College, Ohio Christian University, Pacific Union College, Southwestern College, St. Ambrose University and Thomas University.

A total of 13 institutions from the Heart was recognized through the program that measures a demonstrated commitment to the Champions of Character program.

Click here to see the entire list of Five-Star Institutions.