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NAIA Champions of Character Award

Doane College was recognized this week as a NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution's commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. A total of 221 institutions were recognized this year.

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) was recognized as one of the Five-Star conferences. Nine members of the GPAC were recognized as well: Briar Cliff University, Concordia University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Dordt College, Midland University, Morningside College, Mount Marty College, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Northwestern College.

"It is an honor for Doane College to earn this recognition again," said Cody Vance, supervisor of Doane's Champions of Character program. "Our entire athletic department supports the Champions of Character program in a variety of ways, and we're proud to be a member of the NAIA."

Tiger student-athletes and coaches help spread the message of character in sports in a variety of ways. Several of the teams have youth days held on campus where area children are able to participate in specially designed practices while learning about character in sports. Others visit and help with after-school activities, provide volunteer clean-up services and assist in other community projects.

This honor is the crowning achievement for the 2011-12 academic year. A historic year in sports and academics has now added one of the premier honors given out by the NAIA.