Tim Clodjeaux - Sun Conference Communications
TAMPA, Fla. — Xavier Charles of Johnson & Wales University and a sophomore from Land O'Lakes, Fla., has been selected by league coaches as The Sun Conference's Champion of Character for 2020 in the sport of men's track and field.
The NAIA has long supported its Champions of Character program and its membership annually recognizes individuals from each sport for their growth and commitment to the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The Sun Conference awards one athlete in each sport and the honoree is selected in a vote of that sport's coaches following nominations from each school.
Charles competes in the throwing events for the Wildcats and registered a personal collegiate best mark of 8.17 meters in the shot put at the Nova Southeastern University Sharks Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 22.
In submitting her nomination for this award, JWU head coach Yanique Booth remarked on Charles' work ethic and desire to learn what was a new sport for him.
"Xavier's commitment to this sport and hard work to become a better athlete is impeccable," said Booth. "In winter 2019 upon my arrival at JWU, Xavier was the only male athlete on the team and it was his first time participating in track & field. He did not let his limited experience in the sport hinder his objectives. He is always the first person at practice and the last to leave. He welcomes constructive criticism and does his best to become better. He expresses his views respectfully and anxiously awaits feedback.
"Xavier is one of those athletes that represents a coachable athlete," continued Booth. "He is kind and welcoming to all his teammates and is always the one to make a stressful day on the field become one filled with delight. In his leisure he spends time with the Campus Crusaders, a small bible study group working together to provide service to the community. This program is not only delighted to have Xavier as a member but watching him grow and transition is rewarding."
A criminal justice major at Johnson & Wales, Charles plans to pursue a career in law enforcement following his graduation.
"I am grateful for this award," said Charles. "It is a great honor to be recognized by the coaches in this way. I am very pleased to attend this school and work with a lot of great teammates. God bless and everyone please stay safe."
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138).
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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