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NAIA Names VCSU a Champions of Character Five Star Institution

Posted on 11/2/2011

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has again selected Valley City State University as an NAIA Champions of Character 5 Star Institution for 2011-12. VCSU, which has been a Champion of Character institution every year since 2002-03, this year received the highest score in the state and the second highest score in the 16-member Association of Independent Institutions.

Jack Denholm, Athletic Director for VCSU, said, "We take great pride in our student-athletes, not just for their competitiveness, but also for their character off the field. Individual Viking athletes as well as entire teams are regularly recognized for their academic performance and their service to the community, and being named a Champions of Character institution demonstrates that we make this a priority throughout our athletic program. We are very pleased to have received this honor."

The NAIA Champions of Character program is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport and provide practical tools for student-athletes, coaches and parents to use in modeling exemplary character traits. The program addresses character issues more comprehensively than any other national program for youth.

The Champions of Character Core Values:

Servant Leadership

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.


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