KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Evangel University was honored as a Gold Five-Star institution by the NAIA for its commitment to character-driven competition by being named a Five-Star Award winner when the NAIA Champions of Character scorecards for 2016-17 were released.
Evangel was one of two schools among the Heart of America Athletic Conference to earn perfect scores of 100 joining Grand View. Of the 13 institutions from the Heart who were recognized through the program that measures a demonstrated commitment to the Champions of Character program.
"We are so proud of all of our student-athletes and coaches at Evangel as this honor reflects who they are and what they represent," said Director of Athletics Dr. Dennis McDonald. "To be honored by the NAIA is a tremendous honor and to earn the Gold Star award means that our athletes have consistently demonstrated the traits of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
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.
"The excellence that the Heart member institutions strive for on the fields of competition is matched by their commitment to character-driven competition," said commissioner Lori Thomas. "It gives me great pride to see our student-athletes, coaches, and administrators demonstrating the commitment and enthusiasm for this vital program."
There are three tiers to the Five-Star Award program: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Eight institutions from the Heart received Gold awards, including perfect scores of 100 by Evangel and Grand View. Four others were granted the Silver award, while one more claimed the Bronze award.
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