William Penn Reaches Mark on NAIA Scorecard to Receive Five Star Award

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–William Penn University has been honored with the NAIA Champions of Character Five Star award for the 2009-2010 school year as the national list was announced recently.

Penn is one of over 200 institutions (over 70% total) that were recognized by the NAIA.  All nine of the schools in the Midwest Collegiate Conference were named Champions of Character for 2009-2010 as the league was one of just three to have a 100% mark.  All of the recipients will be recognized on the NAIA’s COC website as well as receive a special web banner and certificate noting the honor.

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 the COC initiative and could earn points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion.  Institutions could also pick up points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

According to the NAIA’s release, “The Scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics.  The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletics departments.”

Penn has excelled in the COC program, having received the past five Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Region VII or MCC Awards and claiming Region VII or MCC Coach of Character honors in 2006, 2007, and 2010.  No award was given in 2009.

All of the University’s athletic programs make a conscious effort to demonstrate the Champions of Character’s five core values which are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.

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