Spearfish, S.D. – Black Hills State University was given the Champions of Character Five Star Award by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics during the 2009-2010 season.

The NAIA boasts a proud reputation that promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values simultaneously.  To receive the award a university had to score 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard.

The Scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics.  The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletics departments.

Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: 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 obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

The Scorecard process is based on the NAIA’s flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. To learn more about the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and Five Star Award visit www.ChampionsofCharacter.org.

For more information on Black Hills State Athletics, visit www.BHSUAthletics.com.