LIMA - The University of Northwestern Ohio is the recipient of the Champions of Character 5-Star Institution Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. To receive the award, members must score 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard. Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Institutions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
The University of Northwestern Ohio received 89 points out of 100 and was ranked sixth out of more than 200 schools that received the honor. UNOH Athletic Director Chris Adams says, "We are honored to be receiving this recognition from the NAIA. I am always impressed by the caliber of our UNOH student-athletes. This award will continue to serve as a teaching opportunity for future athletes at UNOH, and the standards we expect them to meet."
UNOH will be recognized on the Champions of Character website and receive a special certificate noting the honor. UNOH President Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis and Adams will also be recognized at the 71st Annual NAIA National Convention in April. This is the third consecutive year UNOH has received the Champions of Character Institution Award, and fourth overall. For information on the Champions of Character program, visit www.championsofcharacter.com