LEBANON, Tenn.--The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Wednesday its Five-Star Champions of Character Award winners for both institutions and conferences, and for the third year in a row, Cumberland University has been recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Silver Award winner.
Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earn 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.
Cumberland was one of 60 NAIA schools to receive the silver distinction and a total of 157 institutions were named award winners.
Additionally, the Mid-South Conference was one of 17 conferences in the NAIA to receive the Champions of Character Five-Star Conference Award. Along with its conference recognition, eight full-time Mid-South Conference members were named Five-Star Champions of Character institutions.