CIU Athletes recognized as Champions of Character

CIU Athletics recognized as Champions of Character by NAIA
September 11, 2019

The CIU Rams not only play like champions, they are Five Star Champions of Character. The Rams earned the designation from The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).  

NAIA member schools earn points for the designation in a variety of ways. The most points are accumulated through character training and development on campus and with community outreach activities. Also important is overall student-athlete Grade Point Average (GPA).

In addition, points are awarded for the nomination of individuals, coaches and teams for national awards and presidential participation in Champions of Character functions.

Points can also be deducted for bad sportsmanship as measured by the number of ejections specific to profanity, fighting, and dissent toward an official. Points may also be deducted for institutions on probation or suspension status.

CIU Athletics Director James Whitaker calls the designation a great honor for CIU Athletics. 

“This award validates what we want CIU Athletics to be about,” Whitaker said. “Not only do we want to be successful in competition, but we also desire to model the NAIA core values while developing Christlike character in our athletes as we impact others.”

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