Menlo College Athletics Earns Gold Champions of Character Distinction

Menlo College Athletics Earns Gold Champions of Character Distinction

Menlo College Athletics was recently honored as a Five-Star Champions of Character Institution for the sixth-consecutive year and, for the first time ever was one of 29 institutions in the nation to earn top billing as a Gold Institution.

Every institution and conference has their progress in pursuing character education tracked and recognized annually for achievements in training, promotion and conduct in competition. The Champions of Character scorecard measures commitment in five key areas and has a possible 100 points. There are three levels that are awarded: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74). To see a complete list of schools that were honored, go to 2014-15 NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard Winners.

Menlo College Athletics earned 92 of the 100 possible points to claim honors as the only Gold institution within the Golden State Athletic Conference. Menlo was one of eight GSAC schools to earn Champions of Character Distinction joining: William Jessup (89 points), Vanguard and Westmont (88 points), Hope International (78 points) and Arizona Christian, Biola and San Diego Christian who were all named Bronze institutions.

The NAIA began distributing this award in a tiered structure for the 2013-14 academic year. That year, Menlo College earned silver distinction and made it a department-wide goal to become a gold institution in 2014-15.

“This award shows our commitment to providing a student-athlete experience that rewards character on and off the court, academic success and involvement within the community. I’m proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff whose efforts made this possible,” said Director of Athletics Keith Spataro.