Harris-Stowe Named Gold Standard Institution for Second Straight Year

By Ben Economon, Harris -Stowe Director of Sports Communication and Media Relations


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The NAIA has announced the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution winners for the 2020-21 school year. Harris-Stowe State University, who was named a Five-Star Gold Level institution last year, has been named one of 58 Gold institutions for the second straight year.

“It is an honor being selected as an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Gold Standard Institution for a second consecutive year.” Said Director of Athletics, Ms. Dorianne Johnson. “This award is a testament to our goals being accomplished and proves that we are moving in the right direction as a department. Kudos to our Champions of Character liaison, William Carey, as well as the HSSU athletic staff and student-athletes for earning this award!”

NAIA institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earn points in 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 an academic year.

The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points. 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).

In total, 157 different institutions earned one of the three levels with 58 earning Gold, 60 earning Silver, and 39 earning Bronze.

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