Champions of Character

Champions of Character

About Champions of Character

The vision of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character program is to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so students, coaches and parents know, do and value the right thing on and off the field.

The Champions of Character program helps participants find the balance by keeping five core values  - integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership - at the heart of the athletics experience.

Students learn to understand how the values play out in both practice and competition. Coaches are taught how to intentionally define, model, shape and reinforce the values through their coaching and mentoring. Parents learn how their behavior is key to supporting their athletes.

For more than a decade, Champions of Character has been making a difference in developing athletes, coaches and parents of character.

Five Core Values

INTEGRITY: Know and do what is right.

RESPECT: Treat others the way you want to be treated.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Bring your best to all competition.

RESPONSIBILITY: Embrace opportunities to compete.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Serve the common good.


The Dickinson State athletic teams are active members of the community and support a number of programs annually, including:

Wrestlers for Reading

Meet the Hawks

Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Dickinson Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Big Sister Program

Youth Athletic Camps

St. Benedictine Christmas

West River River Community Center Recreation Sports