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Champions of Character Live 5 High 5!

June 01, 2015
 
 Champions of Character Live 5 High 5!
These student-athletes have been recognized for "living five" — the five core values of Champions of Character

INTEGRITY: Know and do what is right.

Felix Abert
Kaiser University
Men's Golf

At a golf tournament, Felix called over the rules official and his playing competitors to tell them that he accidentally moved his ball. He could have not told anyone about the rules infraction, but instead he called the penalty on himself.

Kris Swogger, Assistant Athletic Director

Ben Burnette 
Freed-Hardeman University
Men's Golf

During a recent golf tournament, Ben called two penalties on himself on his opening hole.  He was the only person aware of the infractions, which resulted in a score of nine on the hole. While integrity is expected, it is amazing to see it demonstrated.

Mike McCutchen, Athletic Director

Anna Casals-Fernandez
Soka University of America
Cross Country

During a meet, Anna stopped her race to help an injured competitor finish the meet. She grabbed her opponent by the hand, helped her up from her fall and slowly ran into the finish with her.

Erica Baldaray, Sports Information Director

Hannah Dorey 
Women's Tennis
Stephens College

In tennis, integrity is put to the honor system test when a ball is called in or out. Despite one of Hannah’s hits clearly being inbounds, she kindly asked her opponent if it was in and moved on without complaining when her competitor still called it out.

Adam Samson, Champions of Character Liaison

Kristen Garwood 
Cross Country
Hannibal-LaGrange University

I can always count on Kristen to do whatever is asked. She does everything the right way, no questions asked. Kristen does a great job of leading her team by example.


Andrew Lemons, Coach

Mary Hall
Softball
Menlo College

OIT was set to play at Menlo but their vans were broken into the night before. Mary set up a GoFundMe and raised 3.7K to help out her team.

Aaron Gillespie, SID 

Morgan Hammon            
Women's Soccer
University of Saint Francis

 During October, Morgan purchased pink shoe laces for other players to support breast cancer awareness.  That morning we walked in a philanthropic breast cancer walk. 

Christy Young, Coach

Patrick Herget
Men's Soccer
Friends University 

Patrick understands the importance of Integrity when dealing with others and how this impacts the team as a whole. He is willing to do what is right, even when others are not.

Nathan Wilkey, Coach

Garrett Lambert 
Baseball
LSU Shreveport

Garrett does the right thing, no matter the outcome. He does whatever he can, regardless of praise. He is the first one to motivate his teammates when they fail.

Mark Cantrell, Champions of Character Representative

Shawn Lashbrook
Football
Taylor University

Shawn plays the right way, and does so all the way to the end, win or lose. He treats every competitor like they are on his team.

Scott Stan, Champions of Character Liasion

Gage Ott
Basketball Men's Division II
Bethel College

In a one-point game, one of our players was knocked to the ground. Even though the ball was still in play, Gage stopped to help his opponent up.

Kris Swogger, Assistant AD at opponent school

Jacob Rybicki
Men's Soccer
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Jacob's integrity stood out when he gathered our coaching staff and team after our match to apologize for an accidental foul that injured a player.

Albert Martins, Opposing Coach

Karlie Storkson
Basketball Women's Division I
Westmont College


Karlie is a GSAC Cliff Hamlow Award Winner and has served on the  FCA Leadership team for three years.

Neil Morgan, Staff at other conference institution           

 

 

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

Hannah Carey
Women's Volleyball 
Missouri Baptist University

Hannah competed with intensity throughout our match and then treated the players as equals afterwards by providing words of encouragement.

Anthony Childers, Opposing Coach

Lauren Ashley Collins Women's Division I Basketball 
Blue Mountain College

Lauren Ashley buys others birthday presents; for 15 people on campus, to celebrate their birthday with them.  She goes visits the nursing home on a regular basis and bought gifts for an under privileged family.

Lavon Driskell, Coach

LaTeesha DeLoach
Women's Division I Basketball
Univ. of the Cumberlands        

LaTeesha was an amazing competitor with a respectful manner. I heard her encourage opposing players, including my team, countless times.

Jeff Nickel, Opposing Coach

Kelsey Ellender
Women's Tennis 
LSU Shreveport

Kelsey has the utmost respect for her teammates and her opponents.

Mark Cantrell, Champions of Character Representative

Megan Fernander
Women's Golf 
Warner University
      
At the 2016 Sun Conference Golf Tournament, Ms. Fernander consoled a young lady (in tears) from an opposing team (a bitter rival). Megan gave her a hug and words of encouragement.

Ricky Zambrano, Associate AD Thomas University

 Mary Katherine Jabbia Swimming & Diving Women's Brenau University

Mary Katherine sent a hand written note to the Columbia College, SC swim team in appreciation for their ability to work so well as a team and for their desire to compete at a high level.

Kellyann Stubblefield, Opposing team's Athletic Director

Marc Kirkland
Men's Division II Basketball
Simpson University

Each time we played Simpson, I came away very impressed at how well Marc demonstrated respect, through his words and actions, to opponents and teammates.

Bryan Rooney, Opposing Coach



Joey O'Keefe
Men's Soccer
Biola University

As captain, Joey led his to a mere three yellow cards in 1,516 minutes.

Neil Morgan, staff

Lauren Pfeifer
Women's Soccer
Taylor University

Often during games you can hear Lauren saying, “Play hard, don't settle, and play clean.”

Scott Stan, Coach

Simon Reidsma
Men's Indoor Track & Field Spring Arbor University

Simon is a great captain and is respected by all of his teammates, from freshmen and seniors.  He treats his teammates with honesty, integrity and love, no matter what.   

Jeremy Smith, Coach

Crystal Sewell
Women's Division I Basketball William  Jessup University

Crystal injured her ankle while playing us at home. After the game, she had one of our players thank me. Even at WJU she came up to me and asked how I was. It is rare for others to thank me for taking care of them as though they were my own athlete.

Kelly Wilson, Trainer at Vanguard University

Sarah Yancer
Women's Soccer 
Spring Arbor University

After Sarah and her team won the national championship, she went over to Drew Burwash and thanked him for the opportunity to play him during her career. 

Christy Young, Opposing Coach

     
 
RESPONSIBILITY: Embracing opportunities to contribute.

Nathan James Bell
Men's Division II Basketball
Carlow University

We discussed responsibility as a team and went over all of the benefits of being responsible.

Tim Keefer, Coach

Wes Bradshaw
Men's Cross Country
Bethel University

This season Wes and his wife had their first child. Wes was still able to attend all practices and meetings and qualify for the NAIA National Championship.

Brandon Kilburn, Coach

 

Dominez Burnett
Men's Division II Basketball
Davenport University

Dominez and his teammates were able to arrange donation of cases of water for his hometown Flint, Mich., to assist with the water crisis there. 

Ronda Varnesdee, Administrator

Samantha Fajardo
Women's Cross Country
UC Merced

Samantha reaches above and beyond the status quo as a successful student athlete by fiercely advocating for her fellow conference members as President of Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  

Brittany Brown, Cal Pac Member AD

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Sarah Finch
Women's Cross Country Vanguard University

Sarah does everything by the book and is the epitome of a Champion of Character. Highly responsible, team-oriented, selfless, humble, caring, and dedicated in her training, Sarah also participated in local community service projects throughout the year.

John Kenger, Assistant Athletic Director

Katie Fischer
Women's Volleyball
Indiana University Southeast

Katie helped plan fundraisers with hospital volunteer services, talked and assured patients as they prepared for surgery, and attended to their needs by making sure they had food and drinks.

Denny Williams, Athletic Director

Jaydn Fuerst 
Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Spring Arbor University

Even though Jaydn is a freshman, she shows a great deal of responsibility.  She embraces opportunities to contribute to the team and is one of the first ones to volunteer to host visiting recruits.

Erika Vogel, Coach

Natasha Hongsermeier
Women's Tennis
Morningside College  
           
Natasha founded the community service project group Musicians for Healing that provides live music to patients in health care facilities.

Dave Rebstock, Sports Information Director

Daisy Liljenquist
Women's  Volleyball
Bethel University      
     
Daisy is the first to help out when something is needed. Whether it's helping the managers set up for practice or loading and unloading the bus for a trip, she is always there to help.

Starla Cupples, Coach

Lydia Nash
Women's Division II Basketball Union College

Lydia has served on mission trips to Haiti for the past three summers. Over the past two visits, she has taken teammates with her. These trips with Lydia have had a profound impact upon both of our other student-athletes involved.

Tim Curry, Head Coach

Haley Obetts
Softball
Davenport University

Haley was injured in our conference tournament last year and then again this fall. Through these trying times she continued to stay positive and motivate her teammates. She found ways to help her team succeed and is back on the field this spring!

McCall Salmon, Head Softball Coach

Austin Roark
Men's Division I Basketball
Loyola University New Orleans

Going the season with news of a season-ending injury was tough for Austin but he found ways to lead.  He prayed with the team after practice and games. Austin held our guys accountable and set a standard of leadership for our future seniors to follow.

Stacy Hollowell, Coach

Jackliann Street
Women's Division I Basketball Bethel University

Jackliann broke her hand early in the season and really encouraged her teammates and made a difference.

Lavon Driskell, Opposing Coach

Leslie Tanis
Women's Indoor Track & Field 
Spring Arbor University

Leslie is a very responsible leader.  I can trust her to get a group started with the right drills while I am finishing up with a different group.  She is always on time and communicates ahead of time if she will be late.

Erika Vogel, Coach

Clayton White
Men's Division II Basketball
California State University Maritime Academy

Clayton showed tremendous leadership growth and his teammates gained a great deal learning from his daily example both on the court and in the campus community. He fully took on the responsibility of being a leader and thrived in this role.

Bryan Rooney, Coach

Taylor Woods
Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Morningside College

Taylor coordinates a literacy campaign on campus that sends 25 tutors to three local elementary schools.

Dave Rebstock, Sports Information Director

ShaKyra Young
Women's Volleyball
Midway University

ShaKyra took on the responsibility of leading and embracing positivity by guiding Midway's young volleyball team through a rough season.


John Kenger, Assistant Athletic Director

     
 
SPORTSMANSHIP: Bring your best to all competition.

Quinton Argent
Men's Tennis
Missouri Baptist University  
    

While his team was destroying ours, Quinton kept my player happy and laughing the whole time. Keeping his talent level high while still having fun and keeping my player, who was losing badly, in super high spirits.

Caleb Barnes, Opposing Coach

Taylor Edwards
Women's Volleyball
Stephens College

Win or lose, Taylor always maintains a positive attitude around her teammates and is the first off the court to thank the officials for their services.

Adam Samson, SID/Champions of Character Liaison

Jara Gasper
Women's Division II Basketball
Tennessee Wesleyan College      

Having competed as a coach against Jara for two years, I have seen her compete at the highest level against all opponents while exemplifying what the NAIA means by Sportsmanship in Champion of Character with her play.

Tim Curry, Opposing Coach

Shiloh Jekel
Women's Cross Country 
Alice Lloyd College

Shiloh is always demonstrating good sportsmanship. Not only is she our club’s biggest cheerleader, but she is oftentimes the opposition’s biggest supporter as well. During all meets, Shiloh is constantly offering encouragement to the other runners.

Brandon Arnold, Coach

Heather Jones
Women's Soccer
University of Saint Francis  
   

Players, headed up by one of our seniors, Heather Jones wore pink for breast cancer awareness night.

Christy Young, Coach

Spencer Jones
Men's Division I Basketball
Auburn University Montgomery

It was an honor to watch Spencer develop through his four years at AUM.  He played the game with toughness and intensity and always handled himself with class.

Stacy Hollowell, Opposing Coach

Olivia Knispel 
Women's Soccer
Huntington University       
       
Olivia competes hard but always finds time to congratulate both the opposing team and the coach after the game.

J Scott Stan, Opposing Coach

Kathryn Lawler
Women's Golf
Midway University

No matter if Kathryn has her best or worse outing on the course, she supports her team and is always helpful and supportive to the competition.  She understands that sportsmanship is a key attribute of a great competitor.

John Kenger, Assistant Athletic Director

Gabi Musallam
Wresting
Missouri Valley College

Gabi is always quick to congratulate his opponents, no matter the outcome of the competition.

Andrew Pulverenti, Sports Information Director



R.J. Riepe
Women's Division II Basketball
Grace University

R.J. Helped up a Kansas Wesleyan University opponent after being involved in a collision under the basket.

Fred Aubuchon, Opposing Coach

Irene Sanchez
Women's Soccer
Missouri Valley College       
    
Irene led the women's soccer team by example during the season and was always quick to help her teammates.

Andrew Pulverenti, Sports Information Director

Kyle Simmons
Baseball
Avila University     
      
Kyle played all nine baseball positions in a game against William Woods in late March.


Andrew Pulverenti, Sports Information Director for Missouri Valley

Kenan Swihart
Men's Outdoor Track and Field 
Spring Arbor University

Kenan is an emerging leader with great sportsmanship. He will shake the field event officials hand and thank them at every meet. He also congratulates the competitors from other teams after a race is finished.

Erika Vogel, Coach

Shaquille Taylor
Men's Tennis
Keiser University

As a transfer student, Shaq has embraced his role on the Seahawks team and is constantly pushing his teammates during matches.

Kris Swogger, Assistant A.D.



 
 
Servant Leadership: Serve the common good. 

Rebecca Betts
Women's Soccer
Friends University

Demonstrating leadership on and off the field, Rebecca participates in Friendship Fields on campus, a program for special needs adults that get to experience college life.  She is a great leader of our program and puts others first. 
Brent Hobson, Coach

Kris Swogger, Assistant Athletic Director

Holly Bricker
Women's Indoor Track & Field Spring Arbor University

Holly has been injured for the past month.  Even though she has not been able to run, she is always looking for ways to help both her coaches and teammates.  She is a shining bright light to those around her.

Erika Vogel, Coach

Madison Brown
Women's Volleyball
Pacific Union College

Madison shows servant leadership on campus and abroad by speaking for PUC's week of prayer in front of the entire school and serving the world's poor in Brazil over spring break.

Brittany Brown, Faculty

Karisa Carlson,
Women's Volleyball
Pacific Union College        

Karisa gives to her teammates selflessly without receiving in return. I am blown away by her character.

Brittany Brown, Coach

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Zach Crawford
Men's Division II Basketball
Alice Lloyd College

Zach is a positive influence on each of his teammates. He is always willing to do whatever the team needs in order to make a positive contribution. He is not concerned with playing time as much as he is of team success.
Gary D. Stepp, Athletic Director

Andrew Lemons, Coach

Claudia Diaz
Women's Soccer
University of California Merced              

When interviewing Diaz about a game winning goal she just scored, she noted that her motivation was looking to the end of the bench where she saw a teammate who was out with a season ending injury.  Diaz attested to playing and scoring for her teammate.

Mike Steiner, Department Staff member

Kimberlee Estes
Softball
Vanguard University

Kimberlee hosted a team dinner in the fall and brought cookies and other goodies for the team on every road trip and other occasions. After a season-ending injury, Kimberlee was still very present and helped the team on and off the field.

Beth Renkoski, Coach

Cody Getsinger
Men's Soccer
Spring Arbor University

Cody serves weekly at the Jackson Interfaith Shelter, a local non-profit that works with the homeless and needy by giving them emergency shelter.

Chris Bauman, Sports Information Director

Kylee Gorby
Women's Division II Basketball Asbury University

Kylee impressed me with the way she conducted herself when our two clubs played this season. She plays very unselfishly which, in turn, helps her team. She led them to the Nationals and I think her attitude is a major reason.

Gary D. Stepp, Opposing Athletic Director

Heather Hall
Softball
Biola University          

Heather led the team in devotionals and served as a campus ministries intern.

Neil Morgan, Staff

Dustin King
Baseball
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Dustin consistently demonstrates an 'others first' mentality. He is always the first person to show up and last one to leave. He assists coaches with set-up and field maintenance while finding ways to serve his teammates every day.

Ben Strother, Coach

Suzanne Knutdson
Women's Volleyball
Trinity International University

Suzanne gives up her own time to help her teammates come in and get extra help in after practice sessions. She watches film to help figure out how to improve and challenge opponents.

Luke Ward, Head Coach

Sarah Lawhorn
Softball
Northwest Christian University
             
As a four year player, Sarah has always put her team first. When she’s not playing, she’s encouraging others and is nicknamed the team mom! She is now in Cambodia representing NCU working with victims of human trafficking.

Sarah Freeman, Associate Athletic Director

Dawson Marcum
Men's Soccer
Union College

Despite playing in barely half of our contests, Dawson was a great leader and teammate on our NAIA #13 men's soccer team. He is a great example of how you can contribute to the team’s success in ways other than statistically.

Tim Curry, Director of Athletics

Kimberly Morris
Women's Golf
Davenport University                               

Kim always puts the team first. She is always looking for ways to help the coaching staff and her fellow athletes. When she isn't competing as one of the Top 5, she finds ways to be supportive and a leader from the sidelines.


Melanie Loughin, Coach

 

Maddie Morris
Women's Volleyball
Bethel University

After the birth of my child, Maddie prepared dinner and brought it to my family.

Starla Cupples, Coach

Jonathan Orf
Men's Soccer
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Leading a middle school soccer clinic for a recreation league girls team, Jonathan got his team involved to organize a middle school soccer practice.

Caleb Barnes, Champions of Character Liason

 

Devan Raymer
Football
Bethel University

Devan is constantly looking to serve others. He is a member of our FCA core group and organizes weekly meetings. He was the leader who brought Young Life to McKenzie High School.

Chris Elliott, Coach

Joshua Rhodes
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Spring Arbor University

Josh has the incredible heart of a servant leader.  He serves his teammates well as a captain and is the first to arrive and load up the bus for meets.  He always puts the team first!

Erika Vogel, Coach

Tyler Rogers
Men's Division II Basketball Alice Lloyd  

Tyler set up a study session for our Men's Basketball Team while competing at the National Tournament.

Keith Lundgren,                Champions of Character Organizer for IU-East

Drew Shelton
Men's Division II Basketball Cincinnati Christian University

Shelton visited Haiti on a mission trip in the summer of 2015.  Shelton is currently playing basketball in his junior year.  Shelton describes his experiences as what it really means to be a student-athlete at CCU.

Denny Williams, Athletic Director

Blaine Shively
Men's Division II Basketball California State University Maritime Academy

Blaine is the most selfless player I have ever coached.  Despite limited playing time, Blaine was one of our hardest workers and constantly served as a mentor to teammates on and off the floor.

Bryan Rooney, Coach

Jenna Smith
Women's Tennis
St. Louis College of Pharmacy   

Jenna organized her team to go and help a charity tennis event after the tennis season was over, she lead the team all year as team captain and capped it off with this event.

Caleb Barnes, Coach

Kevin Smith
Men's Indoor Track & Field Spring Arbor University

Kevin is a highly successful sophomore with two school records, Kevin always looks for ways to serve God and his teammates first.  He is very humble and others respect his opinions.

Erika Vogel, Coach

Mallorie Sweat
Women's Division I Basketball Blue Mountain College             

During our Spring Break, a tornado hit their home as well as others homes.  Mallorie went out and helped her neighbors in restoring and cleaning up their property.

Lavon Driskell, Coach

Trent Wallace
Men's Tennis
Indiana University Southeast       

A great senior leader, Trent is also the President of the Student Government Association. Despite his busy schedule,  Trent created the Student Athlete Board to help gain attendance at home games. 

Denny Williams, Athletic Director