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SAU Athletics named top NAIA institution for character

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor University has been named a NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star institution, as announced by the national office. The award covers the 2021-22 school year and is the 12th consecutive year for SAU earning the distinction.


Spring Arbor was one of nearly 200 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution winners, collecting Silver Level honors. Altogether, there were 67 gold winners, 75 silver winners, and 42 bronze winners.


Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned 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.


In addition, the Crossroads League was one of 19 NAIA conferences to earn the Five-Star Conference Award. To receive the award a conference must have established a Champions of Character Conference Committee, have a conduct in competition oversight committee composed of a minimum of three members, and have at least 50% of its member institutions receive the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.

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