Kansas City, Mo. — Montana Tech was named a NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution again this year. To receive the recognition, the institution needs a score of 60 points or higher. Montana Tech scored 90 points for the 2012-13 seasons.
“Montana Tech provides a challenging education for our student-athletes who have the passion and drive to become outstanding on and off the court,” said athletic director Charles Bradley. “We have the best coaches in the Frontier Conference and they strive to bring student-athletes to Montana Tech that will succeed in the key five areas of the award.”
The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.
Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Last year, Tech was the top institution in the NAIA with a score of 100. The Frontier Conference had eight out of nine institutions receive the five-star ranking with Carroll College edging out Tech for the top spot with score of 92. Dickinson State was just behind Tech with an 88; Rocky Mountain and MSU-Northern each scored 81 points; Lewis-Clark State and the University of Great Falls scored 70 points; and UM-Western scored 67 points.
— Montana Tech Sports Information