MSU named 'Champions of Character' institution
Minot State University, through its athletics department, has been named a "Champions of Character Institution" for the 2006-07 school year. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics office recently announced the designation, and it is the sixth consecutive year that MSU has been recognized as a Champions of Character institution.
Introduced in 2000 by the NAIA, the nationally recognized Champions of Character program seeks to create environments in which student-athletes, youth, parents, coaches, officials and spectators are committed and understand the true spirit of competition through the five character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
"We're excited, once again, to be chosen as a Champions of Character institution," said Rick Hedberg, athletics director. "This is an annual goal of our department, and I really need to commend our coaches and student-athletes on their commitment to this program."
During the past year, MSU student-athletes have been involved in such projects as an elementary reading program, character development presentations in local schools, a food drive for a local food pantry, a giving tree Christmas project through the Domestic Violence Center, involvement with and support of the North Dakota Special Olympics, and volunteering with the Red Cross.
"Our involvement on campus and in the community is important for our department," Hedberg said. "The community supports us a great deal and we want to be able to give something back."