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Reinhardt University Named Champions of Character Institution


Kristal Dixon, Canton-Sixes Patch Staff
September 25th, 2015

Reinhardt University has been named a 2014-2015 Champions of Character Five-Star Bronze Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The designation is given to schools who reach a certain threshold on the NAIA Champions of Character scorecard, which addresses the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

“We are very excited to again earn Five-Star recognition from the NAIA,” said Reinhardt Univeristy Director of Athletics Bill Popp. “This award is really a tribute to our coaches and student-athletes who play on the field and work off the field by the NAIA’s ‘Live 5’ characteristics for life.”

Reinhardt’s 2014-2015 Champions of Character activities included:

  • Two character breakfasts, which featured staff members who shared character-building experiences from their lives; these events were initiated by University Chaplain the Rev. Jordan Thrasher.
  • Preseason education session for all head coaches held by Faculty Athletic Representative/Faculty Athletic Committee.
  • A drug and alcohol awareness speech which addressed life consequences.
  • Preseason discussion of expectations with each team by the athletic director.
  • Character message delivered at all youth athletic camps.
  • Cherokee Youth Baseball and Youth Basketball Days held at Reinhardt.
  • Breast Cancer awareness events including Dig Pink Volleyball match and Save 2nd base softball game.
  • Participation in a fund raiser organized by one of Reinhardt’s business classes and a student organization D.R.E.A.M.S. to support Imagine No Malaria, a project of the United Methodist Church.

2015-2016 Champions of Character activities include: character breakfasts; preseason education session for all head coaches hosted by the Faculty Athletic Representative/Faculty Athletic Committee (speaker to be Tiana Tozer); partnership with R.M. Moore Elementary School; women’s soccer team support for the University’s Year of Mexico; and Cherokee Youth Football Day at Reinhardt.

Many more activities will be added, as each team will do at least one service project.

Out of 236 NAIA schools, 169 institutions and 20 conferences earned five-star designation. NAIA notes 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.

Colleges and universities 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.


Photo: The Half-time Shoot-out conducted by a business class and D.R.E.A.M.S., a Reinhardt student organization, during the men’s basketball game on Feb. 4, 2015, successfully raised funds for Imagine No Malaria, a disease prevention effort started by the United Methodist Church. This effort was one of many at Reinhardt which addressed the NAIA’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Credit: Reinhardt University

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