College of the Ozarks athletic program was named by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a Five-Star Champions of Character Institution Silver Medallion awardee. The College was one of 171 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution winners from across the country, 62 of which received the silver award.
The NAIA Champions of Character (COC) program provides training for student athletes and professional development for coaches and staff to promote the values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Live 5 training for NAIA Student-Athletes is one example—all student-athletes on campus take a short, interactive courses to learn what the five Champions of Character core values mean and how to apply them to everyday life both inside and outside of competition.
Each NAIA institution completes an annual COC Scorecard, which measures the institution’s commitment to the Champions of Character program. Points are earned through various avenues: on-campus training and development of athletes and coaches, student overall GPA, participation in Champions of Character functions, and conduct in competition.
College of the Ozarks is blessed with a coaching staff that does not only teach these values to their athletes, but lives them out faithfully both on and off the court or field of play..