KANSAS CITY, Mo. (September 12, 2019) -- Every year, each NAIA institution and conference demonstrate 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 earning 100 points. Institutions can be recognized as Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions at three different levels: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74 points).
For the 2018-19 school year, Johnson & Wales was named a five-star institution (gold) and was one of 10 Sun Conference members to be awarded five-star recognition and only one of four to earn gold-star recognition. This marks the program's 12th time on the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution list and the first as a gold level recipient.
This year 180 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award. Included were 63 institutions at the gold distinction level, 42 at the silver distinction level and 76 at the bronze distinction level.
NAIA Conferences continued to embrace character-driven excellence with 16 conferences earning the Champions of Character Five-Star Conference Award, including The Sun Conference.
Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in 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 having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
Five-Star Conference Award Criteria
- Established Champions of Character Conference Committee
- Conference has a conduct in competition oversight committee composed of a minimum of three members
- At least 60% of members institutions must receive the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award
For a complete listing of last year's Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions, click here.