NAIA Champions of Character
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Champions of Character program provides training to ensure student-athletes know, do and value the right things in all areas of life.
Five character core values are emphasized, accounted for and tracked at all NAIA schools.
- Integrity: The internal traits that develop, guide and ensure positive behavior.
- Respect: The simple act of treating others the way you would want to be treated.
- Responsibility: The social force that guides an individual to work first for the good of the team.
- Sportsmanship: The belief in following the rules, spirit and good-natured etiquette of athletic competition.
- Servant leadership: Dedication to the greater good, for the benefit of all.
As an NAIA institution, College of Saint Mary conducts a Champions of Character campus program that includes:
- Ongoing character education for all student-athletes using the Champions of Character Live 5 orientation program.
- Professional development for coaches and athletics administrative staff including completion of the Character-Driven Coaching course.
- An emphasis on hospitality, proper game management and exemplary conduct in competition.
- Servant leadership activities that allow student-athletes to engage the community.
- Ongoing assessment of progress in the program's implementation.
College of Saint Mary is an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution. The Great Plains Athletic Conference is likewise a Champions of Character Five Star Conference.
The Champions of Character scorecard was created in order to convert the NAIA's vision and strategy into measurable goals to monitor progress toward advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earn points based upon exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.