Doane, GPAC earn NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character awards

CRETE, NE — The Doane Athletics Department is being recognized for demonstrating high character.

The NAIA released its list of Champions of Character Five-Star Award winners on Wednesday. Schools earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. They get a points boost if they have exceptional grade point averages and have minimal ejections during competition.

Doane is listed in the silver award category, placing it among the four highest ranked NAIA schools in Nebraska. Peru State is the lone Nebraska school to get a gold award. 157 out of 252 NAIA schools received an award.

The Great Plains Athletic Conference was also included on the Champions of Character list. Conferences get awards if they establish a Champions of Character Conference Committee, have a conduct in competition oversight committee and at least half of member schools are included on the list.