Special to The Sentinel

Recently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) as a Five Star Award recipient for the efforts by the conference and its member institutions. The NAIA released the results of the 2009-10 Champions of Character Scorecard to show which member institutions and conferences are meeting the initial requirements to be recognized with this first-time award.
The NAIA promotes high-level competition, academic excellence and character values simultaneously within the intercollegiate athletics environment. This new Five Star Award program allowed the KCAC and eight of its 10-member institutions to be recognized for efforts during the 2009-10 season. KCAC member institutions receiving this award, along with the conference, are: Bethany College, Bethel College, McPherson College, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College and University of Saint Mary.
“On behalf of the KCAC, it is rewarding to see the commitment from all member institutions working toward the goal of being recognized as Champions of Character Five Star recipients,” said Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner. “I know all KCAC member institutions have tremendous pride in their athletic programs and go to great lengths striving to foster high character environments for their student-athletes and fans.”
Nationally, the NAIA recognized 208 colleges/universities (over 70 percent of total membership) and 21 conferences (over 80 percent of total member conferences) 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 and conferences named to the list had at least 60 percent of its member schools making the grade with 60 or more points.