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SAU logoSPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has recently announced the 2013-14 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Awards and, for the fourth consecutive year, Spring Arbor University has been recognized with the prestigious honor.


The Champions of Character process is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport and provide practical tools for student athletes, coaches and parents to use in modeling exemplary character traits.


Every NAIA institution’s and conference’s progress in pursuing character education is tracked and recognized annually for achievements in training, promotion and conduct in competition. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures commitment in five key areas and totals 100 points. Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze levels (60-74 points) are awarded.


A total of 168 institutions were named Five-Star Award winners, including 12 gold level institutions, 60 silver and 96 bronze. Spring Arbor accumulated 77 points during the 2013-14 academic year, earning silver level status.


Additionally, 17 out of 23 conferences were named Champions of Character Five-Star Conferences, including the Crossroads League, marking the fourth straight year receiving the honor. Eight of the ten universities in the league garnered Five-Star Institution Awards.

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