WESTVILLE | The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recently announced that Purdue University North Central has been named a Champions of Character institution for the 2011-12 academic year.
University officials said this the ninth consecutive year PNC has earned the recognition.
Institutions earning this distinction share the NAIA commitment to high standards and the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total education process. 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.
The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is not just about winning, but making good decisions consistently in daily life.
"We are proud to once again achieve the status of being a Champions of Character institution," said John Weber, PNC director of student athletics and head baseball coach. "Our student-athletes and coaches have established a reputation of being leaders in the classroom, on the athletic field or court and in the community. They never cease to amaze regardless of the recognition, but it is well deserved."
Off the field, PNC student-athletes performed a number of charitable events in the surrounding communities.
The baseball team assisted with pickup and delivery of donated items to victims of the fire at University Park Apartments. Also, the softball team rang the bell for the Salvation Army this winter. The basketball and baseball teams offered free camps and clinics in the community.