SAU Athletics Earns Perfect Scorecard Again!


09/08/2017

For a second consecutive year, St. Ambrose University ranks among just a handful of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics member schools that earned a perfect score of 100 on the NAIA's Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Scorecard.

A total of 183 NAIA member schools were named Five-Star Award winners for the 2016-17 academic year, but only 14 earned a perfect score in the competition, which measures an institution's commitment to character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.

Points also are awarded based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections in competition.

"We are proud to see our St. Ambrose athletes, coaches and athletics staff honored yet again for the character they display in competition as well as for the commitment to academic excellence that they bring to our classrooms," said Sr. Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, president of the university. "All of them represent what we believe intercollegiate athletics should be about in exemplifying our mission of enriching lives."
NAIA Champions of Character measures character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.

The award caps a 2016-17 academic year in which the SAU Athletics Department led the nation with a total of 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams, a distinction that requires cumulative team GPAs of 3.0 or better.

Three additional Fighting Bee programs in not-yet-fully-NAIA-sanctioned sports - athletic band, men's bowling and women's bowling - also had qualifying GPAs. The cumulative GPA for St. Ambrose varsity athletes was 3.23 (out of 4.0) over the past academic year.

The men's indoor track and field team also earned the Champions of Character Team Award in its sport, and SAU athletes contributed significantly to the more than 156,720 hours of volunteer service the SAU community amassed in 2016-17.


NAIA Champions of Character measures character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.

NAIA.org


Of the 183 schools that earned Five-Star status by scoring 60 or more points in the scorecard system, St. Ambrose was among 66 who won Gold-Star member status with a score of between 90 and 100.

"We are very honored to again be recognized as a Five-Star Institution," SAU Director of Athletics Ray Shovlain said. "This is a compliment to our coaches and student-athletes and reflects the University and the Athletic Department's commitment to character-driven athletics."

St. Ambrose was one of eight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) members named a Five-Star Institution, but one of only two members in the conference to receive a Gold Star. The NAIA recognized the CCAC as a Five-Star Conference.

St. Ambrose has been a Five-Star Institution every year since the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard program was introduced.


Of the 183 schools that earned Five-Star status by scoring 60 or more points in the scorecard system, St. Ambrose was among 66 who won Gold-Star member status with a score of between 90 and 100.

Share This Story

For Alumni | News
large group of graduating men in front of 2018 balloons

The Class of 2018 reflects on the past and the future

Read More

Institutional-Campus | News
Figting Bees team photo

When Madison Volpert came to Ambrose, she thought she would spend the standard four years completing her undergraduate degree. But on May 12, she will graduate a full year early and begin the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program this fall.

Read More

Institutional-Campus | News
group of people

Matt Mahoney will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Theology and a résumé filled with highly-demanding student activity positions and uniquely Ambrosian accomplishments.

Read More

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!