Champions of Character

Champions of Character

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Bethel University participates in the Association's Champions of Character program.

The program is built upon five core values, which are: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship.

The NAIA clearly defines each of these values with respect to sport:
(From the NAIA Champions of Character website)

Those associated with sport show respect by treating themselves, other persons, institutions and their sport according to the highest standards of conduct. It implies civilized and gracious behavior to players, coaches, fans and parents.

Athletes show responsibility by making academic progress toward graduation their top priority. They solve problems rather than make excuses, and are reliable team players. Students should be accountable for their actions and decisions, and coaches and administrators should maintain high standards of competence and conduct.

For student competitors and their coaches, integrity means keeping commitments and conducting honest behavior. Coaches must subscribe to and practice the Coaches Code and Code of Ethics and student-athletes must know and understand the Champions of Character Student-Athlete Pledge.

Servant Leadership
This core value refers to putting the group first and becoming responsible for personal and group roles while performing at your best. Students demonstrating servant leadership have a primary purpose of serving others while striving to become a personal and team leader. The servant-leader provides a critical service to society and the great gift of good example.

The conduct of educational sports according to the highest standards is our expectation for sportsmanship. Administrators, coaches, students, fans and parents are expected to act correctly even when others do not, and demonstrate fairness and equity in all contests and relationships.

Bethel University athletic teams demonstrate each of these values during the season, including performing at least one community service project per team each school year.

For more information on the NAIA's Champions of Character program, visit

News about the Champions of Character program and service projects Bethel sports teams will participate in during the seasons  will be listed here throughout the years.



December 2014 Toy & Can Goods  Drive for United Neighbors

Yard Work for Elderly

Men's Basketball

9/27/14 Carroll County Habitat for Humanity 

 March 2015 Visited Meadow Lane Elementary -Olathe. KS 

September 2105 Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament 

JV Team aiding in Carroll County Fair Booth with COC

Men's Cross Country


Men's Golf

Men's Soccer

Men's Swimming

8/26/16 Assisted Evans Clinic in Theatre Night in Huntingdon

9/16/16 Built fence for local woman

Men's Tennis

Men's Track & Field

10/22/14 Assisted Cental Elementary in Carving Pumpkins

Women's Basketball

9/20 /14 Aided Carroll County Chamber Food Booth at Carroll County Fair

Visited Fairmount Elementary in Independence,MS  

9/19/15 Aided Carroll County Chamber Booth at Carroll County Fair 

Women's Cross Country

Women's Golf

Women's Soccer


March 2016 Hosted softball scrimmage between Waverly & Gibson County

Operation Shoebox ,2014, 2015, 2016

Operation Christmas Child, 2014, 2015, 2016

Boo Bash 2016

Women's Swimming

8/26/16 Assisted Evans Clinic in Theatre Night in Huntingdon

9/16/16 Built fence for local woman

Women's Tennis

Women's Track & Field

10/22/14 Assisted Central Elementary in Carving Pumpkins


March 2015 Read Across America-McKenzie Elementary

August 2015 Instruction Day with Peabody Volleyball Team

November 2016 Visit to McKenzie Elementary School


April 2015 Two Rivers Bass Club Special Needs Event for Area Youth at Moody Farms

Bass Fishing

April 2015 Two Rivers Bass Club Special Needs Event for Area Youth at Moody Farms

Men's & Women's Bowling


Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, 2016


Operation Shoebox, 2016

Boo Bash, 2016

In-Line Hockey


Aided West Tennesse Boy Scouts in Fund Raiser -Jackson, TN