The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) was among the 18 NAIA leagues recognized as Champions of Character Five-Star Conferences, the national office announced. (http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=205402257)
Joining the conference in receiving the honor were eight SSAC member schools, which were recognized as Gold, Silver or BronzeChampions of Character Five-Star Institutions.
"We are honored to be recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Conference once again," said Mike Hall, SSAC Commissioner. "We are also especially proud of our eight member schools that were noted as Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions. This recognition is a testament to our student-athletes, coaches and administrators across the SSAC and is the ultimate acknowledgement of their adoption and embodiment of the Champions of Character five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership."
Every institution and conference has its commitment to the Champions of Character program tracked and recognized annually. TheChampions of Character Scorecard measures this commitment in five key areas—character training, conduct in competition, character recognition, academic focus and character promotion—and is scored on a 100-point scale. Based on the number of points earned, the recognition is broken down into three tiers on the institutional level: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74 points).
SSAC member Blue Mountain (Miss.)—along with Columbia (S.C.)—paced all NAIA institutions by scoring 95 on the Champions of Character Scorecard.
Bethel University (Tenn.) was also among the 19 NAIA members that achieved Gold status.
Three SSAC member schools were among the Silver Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions: Brenau (Ga.), Loyola (La.) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
Brewton-Parker (Ga.), Mobile (Ala.) and William Carey (Miss.) rounded out the eight SSAC institutions that recognized, achieving BronzeChampions of Character Five-Star Institution status.
The SSAC is a NAIA conference, founded in 1999, with 12 member institutions across Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Montgomery, Ala.-based conference sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, culminating in 17 conference championship events held annually throughout the Southeastern region of the United States.