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RRAC achieves NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Conference Honor
Character - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the release of its annual Champions of Character scorecard winners, the NAIA recognized the Red River Athletic Conference as a Five-Star Conference based on results from the 2016-17 academic year.

Each year, the NAIA honors member colleges and conferences that have demonstrated their commitment to the Champions of Character program with points earned in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.

For a conference to be recognized, it must establish a Champions of Character Committee, create a Conduct In Competition Oversight Committee and have at least 60% of its member schools recognized as Five-Star Institutions.

"We're proud to uphold the standards and mission set forth by the NAIA Champions of Character program," RRAC Commissioner Tony Stigliano said. "The honor of being a Five-Star Conference comes primarily from the commitment of our schools and their leadership. There is great cooperation and sportsmanship within the RRAC."

Two RRAC members -- LSU Shreveport and Texas A&M-Texarkana -- earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in the Champions of Character rankings for colleges. Six received the Silver Award (Houston-Victoria, Jarvis Christian, Langston, St. Thomas, Southwest, and Wiley). LSU Alexandria, Our Lady of the Lake and Paul Quinn merited the Bronze Award. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition in the previous year.

The NAIA's Champions of Character program provides training for student-athletes and professional development for coaches and staff. The values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are put into play and accounted for at NAIA schools. The five tenets are represented by the five stars in the RRAC's official logo.