by Tyler Braidic, Sports Information Director
The Holy Cross College athletics department has been recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) for its commitment to the Champions of Character initiative. The college has been awarded the NAIA Five-Star Award for its character driven approach to athletics during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Institutions are measured by their commitment to the Champions of Character campaign and earn points in academic focus, character training and conduct in competition. Student athletes are scored on how they apply the five core values of the Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
Holy Cross athletes excelled in the academic arena. Programs receive points based on student-athlete performance in the classroom and the Holy Cross student-athletes’ GPA was above a 3.0 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
As well, all Holy Cross teams participate in community service events throughout the year. This spirit of giving and helping is seen throughout the campus community and helps deepen the character of the college’s student-athletes.
“We have always challenged our student-athletes and coaches to be exemplary representatives of the college,” said Aimee Niespodziany, director of athletics at Holy Cross College. “This recognition speaks highly of the student-athletes, coaches, and staff we have in our athletics department. Additionally, it is a reflection of the high caliber of student, faculty, and staff the college attracts.”