KANSAS CITY – Vanguard University has received word from the NAIA National Office that the VU Athletic Department has reached Five Star Gold Level in the Champions of Character Program. The athletic department has been recognized with an institutional award in the Champions of Character Program in 16 of the possible 17 years dating back to 2000 when it was established. This marks the first time the Lions have reach Gold Level as the previous three years they were at the Silver Level and prior to that the NAIA did not break it down into Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels.
According to the NAIA, "Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year."
Vanguard was one of 183 member institutions recognized and 66 schools in all reached Gold Level including fellow Assemblies of God member Evangel University in Missouri and Golden State Athletic Conference foes Hope International University, Menlo College, San Diego Christian College, and Westmont College.
NAIA Institutions earn up to 67 points for Champions of Character training and development on campus and through community outreach activities.
NAIA Institutions earn up to 8 points for overall student-athlete GPA.
NAIA Institutions earn up to 17 points by nominating deserving individuals, coaches and teams for national awards and having Presidential participation in Champions of Character functions.
NAIA Institutions earn up to 6 points for having a webpage dedicated to Champions of Character on their athletic website and Champions of Character banners.
Score 60% & above
All institutions scoring 60 or more total points will be named Five Star Champions of Character Institutions.
Conduct in Competition
NAIA Institutions keep points for demonstrating Champions of Character values on the field of competition as measured by the number of ejections specific to profanity, fighting, and dissent towards an official. Points may also be deduc