Montana Tech Lands Second in the Nation with Champions of Character Five Star Award
Montana Tech scored the second highest in the nation in the NAIA’s Champions of Character Five Star Award released today by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Seven schools from the Frontier Conference will receive the award, but Montana State University-Northern was the only other Frontier Conference school to break into the top 25 institutions.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics boasts a proud reputation for promoting competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values. The Scorecard Process is based on the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The NAIA will recognize 220 colleges and universities and 23 conferences with the Champions of Character Five Star Award. To receive the award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard.
“In today’s complex college athletic environments – where success is sometimes only measured by wins and losses – strengthening effective athletic departments and leadership is key to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics,” said Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character. “The Scorecard supports and recognizes member institutions and conferences using sport as a vehicle to teach life lessons. No doubt this is a point of differentiation in college athletics and making a huge impact on our 60,000 student-athletes.”
The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletic departments. Institutions were measured based on demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character Scorecard. The Scorecard was created to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals. Institutions earned points based on the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Points were earned for exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
Over 80% of member institutions and all member conferences were named to the Five Star list. Cornerstone (Mich.) had the best score at 103 points and Montana Tech was second with 97 points. Other Frontier schools that made the list were MSU-Northern (86), Rocky Mountain College (82), Carroll College (79), Lewis-Clark State College (75), University of Montana-Western (66), University of Great Falls (65), and Westminster (60).