Montreat College announced today that it has been named a Gold-level Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for 2017-18 by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The honor continues an impressive run of Champions of Character designations for Montreat, and this is the second consecutive year the college has achieved Gold-level status, ranking among the top 74 NAIA schools in the country.

“We are very proud of the character and academic focus of our athletic teams,” said Montreat College Athletic Director Jose Larios. “It’s a village approach. Our coaches are dedicated to building Christian character and community among our athletes. And I’m grateful for how the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative provides structure and recognition for what makes Montreat College athletics different.”

In determining Champions of Character schools, the NAIA measures institutions on their demonstrated commitment to fostering character development within athletics. Schools earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Institutions also earn points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.