The Benedictine College Athletic Department has been recognized by the NAIA for its commitment to the Champions of Character Initiative for the 2016-17 academic year.
Raven Athletics is one of 66 schools from across the NAIA to earn the Gold Level Award, which means as a department the Ravens earned the top level of recognition for their efforts on the annual Champions of Character Scorecard.
"We are very pleased to be one of the schools across the nation who have received the Gold Level Award in the NAIA Champions of Character Program for the 2016-2017 academic year," said Mary Flynn, Benedictine's Champions of Character Coordinator. "It truly reflects that Benedictine College Athletics holds the core values of Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership with high esteem.
"Congratulations to all Benedictine College student-athletes, coaches and administrators for achieving this honor."
The current recognition program began with the 2001-02 academic year. Since then, Benedictine has been recognized 14 times and for 12 straight years. This is the fourth year for the recognition to be broken up into three groups - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Raven Athletics scored between 90-100 points (100 points is the max score available) to earn the Gold Level Award for the 2016-17 academic year.
"We take great pride in representing the five core character values expressed through the Champions of Character Initiative," said Benedictine Athletic Director Charlie Gartenmayer. "I challenged our staff and student-athletes to strive for gold after earning bronze honors last year. They took that to heart and we were able to accomplish our goal for the 2016-17 academic year."
Benedictine is one of seven schools from the Heart of America Athletic Conference to earn the Gold Level Award while the Heart was recognized by the NAIA as a Five-Star Conference.