NAIA Champions of Charater

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), William Penn University participates in the Association's Champions of Character program.

The program is built upon five core values, which are: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship.

The NAIA clearly defines each of these values with respect to sport:
(From the NAIA Champions of Character website)

Those associated with sport show respect by treating themselves, other persons, institutions and their sport according to the highest standards of conduct. It implies civilized and gracious behavior to players, coaches, fans and parents.

Athletes show responsibility by making academic progress toward graduation their top priority. They solve problems rather than make excuses, and are reliable team players. Students should be accountable for their actions and decisions, and coaches and administrators should maintain high standards of competence and conduct.

For student competitors and their coaches, integrity means keeping commitments and conducting honest behavior. Coaches must subscribe to and practice the Coaches Code and Code of Ethics, and student-athletes must know and understand the Champions of Character Student-Athlete Pledge.

Servant Leadership
This core value refers to putting the group first and becoming responsible for personal and group roles while performing at your best. Students demonstrating servant leadership have a primary purpose of serving others while striving to become a personal and team leader. The servant-leader provides a critical service to society and the great gift of good example.

The conduct of educational sports according to the highest standards is our expectation for sportsmanship. Administrators, coaches, students, fans and parents are expected to act correctly even when others do not, and demonstrate fairness and equity in all contests and relationships.

William Penn University athletic teams demonstrate each of these values during the season, including performing at least one community service project per team each school year.

For more information on the NAIA's Champions of Character program, click here

A list of the Champions of Character service projects William Penn sports teams participated in during the 2015-2016 year are listed here:

Entire Department
Oskaloosa Elementary School Reading Night
Oskaloosa Elementary School Math Night

Lighted Christmas Parade

Special Olympics (3 events)
Pepsi Districts
Imagine the Possibilities/Christian Opportunity Center/MCRF Bowling Fundraiser

Dining at The Ritz
Head Coach Character Talk for Middle School (Students & Staff)
Read at Elementary School

Men's Basketball
Dining at The Ritz
Kansas City After School Club Q&A

Men's Golf
Dining at The Ritz
Elderly yard cleaning
University Park Playground Improvements

Men's Soccer
Family Fest at Nazarene Church
Clothing Drive

Hitting Clinic
Little League Team and Game

Crystal Heights Care Center
Dining at The Ritz
S.H.A.R.E. Iowa
Stephens Memorial Animal Shelter

Women's Golf
Oskaloosa Elementary School Read-A-Thon
YMCA's After School Program
St. Mary's Catholic Church Meals for Needy
YMCA Winter Open
Oskaloosa Girl Scouts Good Sportsmanship badge

Women's Soccer
Hope for Hunger Food Drive
Family Fest at Nazarene Church
Free Soccer Clinic for Recreation Teams

Track and Field/Cross Country
AAU Book Drive
United Way 5K
WPU Campus Beautification Days
Stephens Memorial Animal Shelter

Kindergarten Helpers (worked with Mrs. Dodd's class)
United Way 5K Race (helped direct runners around race route and controlled traffic at intersections