Playing with a Higher Cause
SAGU earns Champions of Character distinction
Athletic program continues to expand
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has again been recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for their example as a Champion of Character institution. The selection was announced earlier this fall.
Athletic Director Jesse Godding, coaches and the exemplary leadership of team captains are commended for their influence in this national honor.
“SAGU understands the importance of being committed to the NAIA Champions of Character program,” Godding said. “This program is a natural extension of the mission aims of SAGU and works to reinforce in our student-athletes the larger picture regarding athletics.”
Montana Tech of the University of Montana is the top-scoring NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution this year with a perfect score of 100 on the Champions of Character Scorecard.
The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution's commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program.
Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.
Rounding out the top five institutions this year are: Carroll College (Mont) (96); Paul Quinn College (Texas) (91); the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) (91); and Xavier University (La.) (91).
This year 221 NAIA institutions were named Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions and six NAIA conferences had all of their members earn the Five-Star designation.
Those conferences with 100-percent of their membership winning the recognition are: Appalachian Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Midwest Collegiate Conference, the Sun Conference and the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
The Red River Athletic Conference, with members in four states, saw 14 of 15 schools receive the honor.
SAGU fields competitive teams in football, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and women's fast-pitch softball, the latter of which was added a year ago.
All are dual members with the NAIA and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
Added to that is an active Cheer Team that performs during multiple sports throughout the school year.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a vibrant part of athletes' lives, as are ministry and service projects that are in operation year 'round.
Living the 5 Stars of Character
Five key areas that comprise the goals and directives of member schools include;
Integrity - Positive internal traits that guide behavior
Respect - Treating others the way you want to be treated
Responsibility - The social force that binds the individual to the good of the team
Sportsmanship - Following the rules, spirit and etiquette of athletic competition
Servant Leadership - Serving the greater good