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Brenau earns Champions of Character Five-Star honor for 12th year in a row

For the 12th consecutive year, Brenau University has been named a Champions of Character Five-Star institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Golden Tigers were also one of the 60 schools to achieve silver-level status.

The 157 institutions recognized as award winners earned points in character training recognition and promotion, and community service and team-building activities. Points were also given based on grade-point average and having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the year.

Brenau was one of nine Appalachian Athletic Conference teams on the list and one of four to earn silver-level status. In addition, the AAC was named a Champions of Character Five-Star Conference. In order to be awarded as a five-star
conference, at least 50% of the conference’s institutions must receive five-star recognition.

“Despite the challenges this past year posed, our department was involved in character training, character promotion and other character-driven initiatives,” says Mike Lochstampfor, Brenau athletic director and head soccer coach. “We are all very proud to be consistently recognized on this list.”

The Champions of Character program emphasizes the NAIA’s Five Core Values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership through character-driven athletic programs. Student-athletes are encouraged to display these values in competition and in the classroom.

The Golden Tigers represent the NAIA well by consistently being awarded for academics, dominance in their sport, and contributions to leadership, sportsmanship and community service. In addition, student-athletes are able to serve on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Representatives from each team meet regularly to discuss not only Champions of Character but also other topics related to the student-athlete experience at Brenau.

“Our student-athletes consistently show hard work, selflessness, integrity and respect in the field of competition, in
the classroom and in the community,” says Kris Stewart, sports information director and head basketball coach. “Receiving this honor rewards our students for their dedication to both athletics and character-building, and I am very proud of all of their efforts and accomplishments.”

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