CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department has been named a 2016-2017 Five-Star Institution within the NAIA Champions of Character Program. The institution was named a gold level winner, which was only awarded to 66 total universities and colleges. 


Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. School's scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Five-Star Institution Award. Based on points, there are three distinction levels including gold (90-100 points), silver (75-89 points), and bronze (60-74 points).


For 2016-17, 183 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award which included 66 gold level winners, 76 silver level winners, and 41 bronze level winners. NAIA Five-Star Conference Awards are also given in part based on the number of schools within the conference that earn the Five-Star Institution Award. This year, 18 conferences earned the Five-Star Conference Award. 


A total of 14 schools earned top honors with 100 points including: Dakota Wesleyan University, Eastern Oregon University, Evangel University, Grand View University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Lindsey Wilson College, Menlo College, Midway University, Milligan College, Ohio Christian University, Pacific Union College, Southwestern College, St. Ambrose University, and Thomas University.


New to the Scorecard this year was the opportunity use a teachable moment to offset an ejection for fighting, profanity, or dissent. More than 50 institutions took advantage of this opportunity. 


For a full report on this year's winners, click here!