Doane College was recognized today as one of nine Great Plains Athletic Conference institutions as NAIA Champions of Character. Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.
The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) was also recognized as one of the Five-Star conferences. The other eight GPAC members to be recognized were Briar Cliff University, Concordia University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Dordt College, Midland University, Morningside College, Mount Marty College and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
"This recognition by the NAIA points to the fact that our student-athletes contribute to our community in a number of different ways," said Cody Vance, supervisor of Doane's Champions of Character program. "We are proud to receive this prestigious award."
Tiger student-athletes help out in variety of ways, not only on campus but in the community. Some projects that student-athletes help with are taking part in walking children to school, filling back packs for needy families, assisting in after-school activities for the elementary school such as the school carnival.
Academically, seven Doane College athletic teams were recognized last year for the NAIA Scholar Team award. The athletic department as a whole posted a grade point average of 3.0 and included nearly 450 student-athletes in the 20 sponsored varsity sports.