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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Champions of Character provides training to ensure student-athletes know, do and value the right things in all areas of life. The five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are put into play, accounted for and tracked at all NAIA schools.
As an NAIA institution UC Merced has developed a Champions of Character campus program that includes:
• Ongoing character education for all student-athletes using the Champions of Character Live 5 orientation program.
• Professional development for coaches, 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 UC Merced and the NAIA.
Director, Recreation & Athletics
“To me integrity means doing what is right in all you do. It goes beyond the basics of honesty; it is a guiding principle to treat others fairly, to honor your commitments and to work hard. It is important in athletics as it is a cornerstone to teamwork; treating your teammates and coaches fairly, keeping your commitments to the team and to academics.”
“Respect to me means showing courtesy and kindness to someone when interacting. It’s important in athletics because it’s demonstrating good values which you should show when representing a team or school.”
“As a student athlete I think it’s important to be responsible because it shows that you are accountable for your own actions without guidance or supervision, which then creates this sense of trust amongst your superiors and your teammates.”
“Sportsmanship is important because it applies to both athletics and life. It shows that you respect yourself and others no matter the situation or outcome.”
Head Men's Basketball Coach
“Our role as leaders and coaches is to serve our student athletes and help them become the best versions of themselves.”