Dakota State University recognized with Five Star Award
When it comes to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics, NAIA members are making the grade, according to results of the 2009-2010 NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard released by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on Oct. 14.
Dakota State is one of the 204 college and universities 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.
DSU is one of the top three schools in the state of South Dakota to rank in the top 30.
Five Star Award recipients will be recognized on the NAIA Champions of Character website, and receive a special web banner and certificate noting the honor. Presidents, athletic directors, and conference commissioners at award winning college, universities or conferences will be recognized at the 70th Annual National Convention in April.
Dakota State University sports programs have been involved in variety of activities in the community. They participated in Habitat for Humanity projects, raised cancer awareness in the months of October and February by wearing pink clothing or sneakers at home contests in volleyball, football and basketball, participated in reading programs with local schools, read NAIA Champions of Character creed prior to home DSU contests and many other activities.
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 earned points based on exceptional student-grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during completion throughout the course of the academic year.
The Scorecard process is based on the NAIA's flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.