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Union Women's Basketball Earns Five Star Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 4/1/2008 -

Coaches and Student-Athletes Recognized for Exhibiting Exceptional Character Values

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Champions of Character founding partner Buffalo Funds present Buffalo Funds Five Star Awards for each of the NAIA’s 23 championship sports. Doane College (Neb.), Cornerstone University (Mich.), Union University (Tenn.), Lindenwood University (Mo.), Stephens College (Mo.), Berry College (Ga.), Menlo College (Calif.) and Morningside College (Iowa) received the honor for the 2007-08 winter sports season. These institutions and athletic programs strive for excellence in and out of competition and are part of communities throughout the country dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

“We have defined character as being moral and being strong both mentally and physically. Morality is thinking of others before ourselves and making the right decision. Every person and team faces uncomfortable situations and character shows through during those times. In every situation we have encountered this year, whether in a game, relationship or tornado, our team has found a way to draw closer to one another and mentally and physically compete on and off the court.” – Union Women’s Basketball Coach Mark Campbell

Union won their second straight TranSouth Conference Regular Season and Tournament Titles in 2008. The Lady Bulldogs also advanced to their fourth straight NAIA National Tournament Semifinal, winning titles in 2005 and 2006. Union finished with a perfect regular season record for the first time in school history at 29-0. The team finished the year with a 35-1 record.

The NAIA Champions of Character program is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport, and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting. The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is about reaching potential and making good decisions consistently in daily life.

The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate in everyday decisions respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

Buffalo Funds Five Star Award Recipients – Winter Sports (2007-08) Doane College (Neb.) – Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Cornerstone University (Mich.) – Division II Women’s Basketball
Union University (Tenn.) – Division I Women’s Basketball
Lindenwood University (Mo.) – Men’s Swimming and Diving
Stephens College (Mo.) – Women’s Swimming and Diving
Berry College (Ga.) – Division I Men’s Basketball
Menlo College (Calif.) – Division II Men’s Basketball
Morningside College (Iowa) – Wrestling

To learn more about character-driven intercollegiate athletics and the Champions of Character program visit www.naia.org or www.championsofcharacter.org. For additional information on Buffalo Funds visit www.buffalofunds.com.


Steven Aldridge
Phone: (731) 661-5027
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Fax: (731) 661-5182

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