Brescia University has been named a one of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2019-2020 Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions Gold Level. This is second time in the University’s history to reach this Gold Medallion Level. Sixty-eight NAIA institution earned the Gold Medallion, which is the highest honor, for scoring between 90 and 100 points on their scorecard.
Brescia University President, Fr. Larry Hostetter stated, “This award highlights the emphasis we place on character development within our athletic program. We are proud of our students for their hard work on and off the court or field. They put hours of work into training as an athlete but they are also resilient in the classroom and visible in the community. Our coaches and athletic staff should also be commended for setting the bar high and supporting the students to be the best version of themselves.”
According to the NAIA, institutions are measured on character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earn points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
“I am extremely proud of our student athletes, coaches, and athletic department for once again earning the highest level of the NAIA Champions of Character, the Gold Medallion. One of our athletic department’s main strategic goals every academic year is to earn Gold-Level status in the NAIA Champions of Character program, which also includes being very active as servant leaders in the Owensboro Community,” stated Brescia University Director of Athletics Brian Skortz. “Our student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff are great examples of what it means to represent Brescia University and the NAIA Champions of Character program.”
Brescia University has 18 individual athletic teams, with junior varsity teams available. Brescia University men’s soccer team was recently chosen as the 2019-2020 River States Conference Men’s Team of Character. This award honors one men’s and one women’s team for their exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus and in the community.