Bostwick, Godding endorse 'Champions' values

Character goals more given more than lip service

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University is one of over 80% of member institutions in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), who are from all 23 conferences to make the grade on the Character of Champions scorecard.

The values being expressed, promoted and lived by athletes comprise the “five star” list of standards the NAIA’s estimated 300 schools aspire to represent.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, and character recognition and character promotion.

Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero game ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

SAGU’s representative in this esteemed initiative is Head Basketball Coach Donnie Bostwick.

"The Champions of Character program is more than wishful thinking here," he said recently. "It's who we are. It's what we do."

"Serving others and modeling character is at the heart of any successful program," Bostwick added. "We are glad to be a part of the NAIA Champions of Character program.” 

He serves under Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Jesse Godding.

“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.”

The top five scores were achieved by:
1. Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Butte, Mt) with 100 points
2. Carroll College (Helena, Mont) with 96 points
3. Paul Quinn College (Dallas, Tx) with 91 points
3. University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Ind) with 91 points
3. Xavier University (New Orleans, La) with 91 points

The Appalachian, Frontier, Kansas Collegiate Athletic, Midwest Collegiate, The Sun and TranSouth Conferences landed in the top spot with 100% of their member schools making the grade.

Champions of Character Five Star Conferences
American Midwest Conference
Appalachian Athletic Conference
Association of Independent Institutions
California Pacific Conference
Cascade Collegiate Conference
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Crossroads League
Frontier Conference
Golden State Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Heart of America Athletic Conference
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
Mid-South Conference
Midwest Collegiate Conference
Red River Athletic Conference
Sooner Athletic Conference
Southern States Athletic Conference
The Sun Conference
TranSouth Athletic Conference
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.