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SAU Bees - Fri, Sep. 8, 2017

NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard Winners

St. Ambrose was one of just 14 institutions to earn top honors in the NAIA's Champions of Character program for 2016-17, the National office announced today. SAU was named a Five-Star Institution and received a Gold Star, while earning the top honors by finishing with 100 points on the Champions of Character scorecard.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

A total of 183 schools totaled at least 60 points to be named Five-Star Institutions with only 66 of those earning Gold Star status by compiling between 90 and 100 points on the Champions of Character scorecard. Of those 66, 14 earned 100 points.

"We are very honored to again be recognized as a Five-Star Institution," SAU Director of Athletics Ray Shovlain said. "This is a compliment to our coaches and student-athletes and reflects the University and the Athletic Department's commitment to character-driven athletics."

St. Ambrose was one of eight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) members named a Five-Star Institution, but one of only two members in the conference to receive a Gold Star (along with Trinity Christian). The CCAC as a whole was recognized as a Five-Star Conference by the NAIA.

The award caps a 2016-17 academic year that saw the SAU Athletic Department led the nation with a total of 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams (teams with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.0). Nine different programs also qualified for NAIA National Championships last year.