William Woods University ranks fifth in the nation among 236 NAIA schools for its Champions of Character program, which promotes the values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
The NAIA recently released its 2014-15 Champions of Character Scorecard, which tracks, rates and recognizes institutions who have excelled in achieving standards of excellence in character education and promotion on and off the field. The scorecard is based on five areas of commitment and is graded on a total scale of 100 points.
WWU was one of 29 institutions to achieve Gold-level status (90-100 points), with an overall score of 97 points, the fifth highest total in the country.
“We are very proud of our student-athletes as leaders in the community, the classroom and field of play,” said Jason Vittone, athletic director of William Woods. “Being recognized as one of the 29 Gold Institutions is a testament to the quality of student-athletes and coaches who have chosen William Woods as their home.”
Twelve American Midwest Conference member institutions were recognized for their commitment to the five core values of Champions of Character. Because of that commitment by its members, the conference was one of 21 conferences to be recognized as a Five-Star Conference.
“Most know or understand the time and effort our student-athletes put into being successful on the field of play and in the classroom,” AMC Commissioner Will Wolper said. “What often goes unnoticed, and what could be considered the most valuable experience of their collegiate career, is their commitment to excellence in character education and development, community outreach and service.”