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Central Athletics Receives Five-Star Award

Central Christian College of Kansas has been recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. This recognition is in honor of the character development efforts exhibited by the athletes and their respective programs.

The NAIA’s Champions of Character program is built around five core values including integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. This program complements Central’s CORE4 program that drives the mission of Central Christian College of Kansas, which promotes the development of heart, soul, mind, and strength.

To be considered for a Five-Star Award, institutions are evaluated by the NAIA on their commitment to this program and its values. Specifically, institutions are assessed in five key areas: character training, academic focus, character recognition, character promotion, and conduct in competition.

Participating institutions, including Central Christian College, are equipped to understand how the five core values play out in both practice and competition. Coaches are taught how to intentionally define, model, shape, and reinforce the values through their coaching and mentoring in order to help athletes understand the connection between belief and behavior. For more than a decade, Champions of Character has been making a difference in developing athletes and coaches.

Besides the intentional training, focus on character development, and personal growth – the Central Christian athletic program actively engages in community service and missions. Over the past year coaches and athletes have participated in service projects such as Meals on Wheels, CHUMS, Operation Christmas Child, Engage Service Day, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and various other projects.

“This honor is an exceptional accomplishment that demonstrates the dedication of our coaches and athletes in promoting both excellence in performance and in character,” said Kyle Moody, Director of Athletics.

For being recognized as a Five-Star Institution, Central Christian will also be honored in an upcoming issue of The Score, the NAIA’s bimonthly membership newsletter, and will also be receiving an award from the NAIA.


Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person through four core characteristics: heart, soul, mind, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central, go to centralchristian.edu/about. For all things Central athletics, go to ccctigers.com.

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