XAVIER (LA) NEAR TOP IN NAIA’S CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER LIST

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana was among the leaders on the 2009-10 NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard released Thursday by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
     Xavier scored 87 points to tie for seventh nationally. NAIA members earned the Champions of Character Five Star Award by scoring at least 60 points.     Schools earned points in each of the following categories: 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 obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the academic year.
     The NAIA leader was Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Mich., with 103 points. Xavier’s point total ranked first in Louisiana, first among Catholic universities, first among HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) and second in the South behind Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tenn.     
     The scorecard process is based on the NAIA’s flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

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