Bethel University Athletics Once Again Recognized with Gold Star Status

Bethel University Athletics has once again been recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution – Gold Status.

Every institution and conference within the NAIA has its commitment to the Champions of Character program tracked and recognized annually. The Champions 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).

Bethel was one of 66 schools across the NAIA to achieve the 90 to 100 points earning them Gold Star Status for 2016-17. It was one of only three Gold Star schools within its Southern States Athletics Conference (SSAC) sharing high honors with Loyola University and William Carey University. Five SSAC schools were recognized with Silver Star Status: Blue Mountain College, Brewton-Parker College, Martin Methodist College, Middle Georgia State University and University of Mobile.  

“I am not surprised at all to hear that we were recognized in this way,” said Bethel University President, Dr. Walter Butler. “We have a very dedicated group of individuals who lead our athletic programs, and they do such a tremendous job instilling the Champions of Character values into our students. Ultimately, students in our athletic programs are not just prepared to handle the next game or match. Instead, they are prepared to handle life. Committing to the NAIA’s Champions of Character Programs aligns with this goal.”

This is the second year that Bethel has earned the Gold Star recognition.

Bethel University currently has 10 men’s sports teams, 10 women’s sports teams and 5 Co-ed sports teams. For more information about Bethel University athletics, go to


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