What is the NAIA Champions of Character?

Champions of Character 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…

What does Champion character mean?

Champions of Character is an initiative that aims to change the culture of sport by incorporating the first two commandments, along with implementing the five core values of respect, integrity, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

What college association uses Champions of Character initiative?

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
The vision of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character program is to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so students, coaches and parents know, do and value the right thing on and off the field.

Do NAIA athletes get paid?

The NAIA and other governing bodies such as the NCAA and even individual states still do not allow for athletes to be paid to pay by colleges and universities; receive “cost of attendance scholarships” that go beyond tuition, room and board; or be allowed to share in profits made by university athletic departments.

What is a Champion of Character Award?

Awards are presented to a male and female athlete, coach and parent in each supervisory district for having demonstrated extraordinary service in the athletic community while modeling the basic traits of good character: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Citizenship and Fairness.

Do NAIA athletes get free gear?

Yes we get free gear, but it is nowhere near what big schools receive. We may get a few shirts along with uniform equipment but that is the extent of our clothing benefits. We do get to travel, but we are treated like every other student on campus, but professors tend to work with the athletes well.

Can NAIA offer full rides?

Few NAIA schools will offer full ride scholarships to athletes, but partial scholarships are more common. To receive funding and to play on a team, you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.

Do NAIA players go D1?

Athletes transferring from an NAIA school to an NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 school will find that they have the strictest transfer rules. Because the transfer rules can be so complex, athletes need to work through their school’s compliance office to make sure they check off all the required boxes.

Can an NAIA athlete transfer to NCAA?

Can you redshirt in NAIA?

If a player sustains a season-ending injury they will redshirt. When this occurs, the athlete may apply to the NCAA or NAIA for a ‘medical redshirt’.