NAIA Five-Star Institution Top Scores

Complete Champions of Character List — 2021-22 Five-Star Institutions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Of its 250 institutions across the nation, only 28 received a perfect score when the NAIA announced the Champions of Character award recipients for the 2021-22 academic year. Included in that group of 28 was Cal Maritime, the only California Pacific Conference member to accomplish this feat.

A total of 157 schools earned one of three Champions of Character awards based on their level of commitment to the Champions of Character program. For the second straight year, NAIA officials bestowed the highest possible honor to the Keelhaulers — Five-Star Gold Status — to recognize their demonstrated success.

The Champions of Character program also helps participants find and maintain a healthy balance by keeping five core values — integrityrespectresponsibilitysportsmanship, and servant leadership — at the heart of their athletics experience.

"This award is a testament to the continued dedication and commitment of our cadet-athletes, coaches and staff to integrate the pillars of the NAIA's Champions of Character program, with Cal Maritime's values, in the classroom, community and competition," said Director of Athletics and Physical Education Karen Lee Yoder.

Based on its philosophy of providing character-driven athletic opportunities and activities to student-athletes, the NAIA's Champions of Character program, and its annual scorecard, measures institutions' commitment to academic focus, conduct in competition, character training, promotion and recognition. Institutions earn additional points for exceptional student-athlete GPAs and earning minimal-to-no ejections during competition throughout the course of an academic year.

"Cal Maritime is proud to earn Five-Star Gold honors for the second straight season because it highlights the department's hard work in creating culture of character-driven athletics," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Tim Bross, the Keelhaulers' Champions of Character liaison.

Following the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year, Cal Maritime was the only athletics department in California, and the Cal Pac Conference, to earn the NAIA's top character award.

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Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.