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C of O Receives NAIA "Gold" Honor for Character

Sep 10, 2020

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College of the Ozarks Honored with "Gold" for 2019-20 NAIA Champions of Character

Thu, Sep 10, 2020 - [NAIA Independents]

The College of the Ozarks is one of nine Association of Independent Institutions recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for their commitment to character development and academics success through the organization's 2019-20 Champions of Character program.

Athletic programs were measured for their commitment to showing character in competition, character development through training, promotion and recognition, and academic success. Gold-level schools received a 90-100 point score, silver recognition was earned at 75-89 points and bronze-level was at 60-74 points.

Four A.I.I. athletic programs received the gold rating, while two earned a silver rating and three were at bronze status – out of 180 national honorees. Those colleges recognized were:


College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

Cottey College (Mo.)

Georgia Gwinnett College

Haskell Indian Nations University (Kan.)


Crowley's Ridge College (Ark.)

Voorhees College (S.C.)


Florida National University

Northern New Mexico College

Penn State Schulykill

Congratulations and way to go Bobcats!