NAIA Champions of Character

NAIA Champions of Character

The NAIA Champions of Character program is designed to instill an understanding of character values in athletics, and provide student-athletes, coaches, and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the athletics setting. The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is about reaching one's potential and making good decisions consistently in daily life. The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate these values in everyday decisions. The following five core values are put into play, accounted for, and tracked at all NAIA schools:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Sportsmanship
  • Servant Leadership

As an NAIA institution, Hannibal-LaGrange University currently has a Champions of Character campus program which includes:

  • Ongoing character education for all student-athletes using the Champions of Character Live 5 orientation program
  • Professional development for coaches and athletics administrative staff, including completion of the Character-Driven Coaching course
  • Emphasis on hospitality and game management of athletics events and conduct in competition
  • Servant leadership activities that promote student leadership and athletic community engagement
  • Ongoing oversight and assessment of progress in the program's implementation by both Hannibal-LaGrange University and the NAIA

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2016-2017 Service Projects

Baseball - Rang bells for the Salvation Army in front of Walmart before Christmas.

Cross Country/Track and Field – Missouri Conservation Department – Cleared new hiking trails in Steyermark Woods Conservation Area

Men's Basketball – Douglas Community Services – donated 19 basketballs to Toys for Tots of Northeast Missouri

Softball – Eugene Field Elementary – Pen-Pal program with First Graders

Women's Basketball – Hannibal Regional Foundation – Raised funds to donate to James E Cary Cancer Center

Women's Soccer – Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis – Mentored young boys during a bowling event

Wrestling – Southside Baptist Church - Neighbor Hood BBQ Helpers

HLGU Women's Basketball - Maritza Chavez

HLGU Baseball - David Evans

HLGU Softball - McKenzie Marshall

HLGU Women's Volleyball - Shelby Maupin

HLGU Women's Basketball - Emma Penn

HLGU Shotgun Sports - Jordan Sheese

HLGU Women's Cross Country - Tessa Starbeck

HLGU Women's Soccer - Stephanie Venvertloh