USF Student Athletes Win Fourth NAIA Gold Star Character Award

September 11, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Saint Francis athletics program has earned designation as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Gold Five-Star Institution for 2016-17.

USF earned designation in the highest category – Gold — and is one of 66 institutions to earn the Gold designation for 2016-17. Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

There were 183 NAIA institutions that earned Five-Star Awards.

“This is an exceptional accomplishment and a credit to our coaching staff and student athletes who are focused on character-driven athletics,” said Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.