MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Five-Star Institution for the fourth consecutive school year, as announced Thursday morning.
After earning Bronze-Star honors the past two school years, the Rams elevated themselves to one of the 76 Silver-Star recipients in 2016-17.
“We take pride in an award like this at the University of Mobile,” athletic director Joe Niland said upon hearing the news of the honor. “We embrace the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, and we are proud of our student-athletes for applying them to their lives in athletic competition, in the classroom, and in the community.”
The level at which institutions are recognized is based off of the Champions of Character Scorecard. Institutions can be recognized as Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions at three different levels: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74 points).
The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of 100 points. New to the Scorecard this year was the opportunity to offset an ejection for fighting, profanity or dissent with a teachable moment.
The NAIA Champions of Character program focuses on five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The program works to instill these values through programs for student-athletes and professional development for coaches and athletic staff.
The Southern States Athletic Conference were named a Five-Star Conference with eight members earning distinctions, including Gold-Star winners Bethel (Tenn.), Loyola (La.), and William Carey (Miss.)