TIU Athletics earns third straight Champions of Character designation from NAIA
Trinity CommunicationsAugust 30, 2018
For its pursuit of character-driven athletic programs, Trinity International University has earned the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Bronze Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Among the 251 NAIA-member schools, 171 received the honor, either at a gold-, silver- or bronze-level. TIU won silver awards in the previous two seasons. The 14-member Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference was named a “Champions of Character Five-Star Conference,” and TIU was one of nine CCAC schools that earned Champions of Character status this year.
Award results accumulate on a scorecard that measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment, according to a news release from the NAIA. The program helps participants find the balance by keeping five core values – integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership – at the heart of the athletics experience.
“Our goal in the Trinity Athletic Department is to honor Christ in what we do both on and off the field,” TIU director of athletics Heather Logue said. “We are grateful for the work of our coaches and student-athletes, and congratulate them on this accomplishment.”
Off the field, each of TIU’s 10 varsity sports teams chooses a charitable project in which all players participate. In recent years, teams have collaborated with agencies fighting human trafficking in India, worked with local churches and youth soccer leagues in Costa Rica, and partnered with the Matthew 25:40 Ministry in nearby Elgin.
For example, the women’s volleyball team invited a women’s group from Matthew 25:40 to spend a day on campus in Deerfield. They showed them a typical practice routine, and then took them to lunch in Trinity’s Hawkins Dining Hall. The women also sat in on a theology class in Rodine Hall.
“These are some of the most joyful and Godly women that we have met and we were truly blessed by spending a day with them,” assistant women’s volleyball coach Becky Eller said. “They are already very invested in our team and we look forward to having them come to a game or two this fall.”
TIU president David S. Dockery said the University never seeks awards for its off-the-field work, but the Champions of Character recognition shows TIU athletes are successful in living well-rounded lives.
“We offer our congratulations to the Trinity Athletic Department on this important recognition, Dockery said. “We salute the coaches and the student-athletes as they seek to live out the Trinity mission in the classroom as well as through athletic competition.”