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NAIA completes character training series for student-athletes

August 05, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 1, 2014 — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the leader in character-driven intercollegiate athletics, has unveiled the three remaining courses in its Champions of Character Live 5 online training for NAIA student-athletes.

The sophomore, junior and senior online training courses launched Aug. 1 complete the four-year Live 5 curriculum for student-athletes. Following the successful introductory Learn to Live 5, launched a year ago, are Master the Fundamentals for sophomores, Live 5 and Lead for juniors and Live 5 for Life for seniors. The three new programs focus on modeling, leading and building values-based skills for life after college.

Each of the 20-minute courses was developed with specific learning outcomes and research-based curriculum intended to have a measurable impact on student attitudes over time.

A key milestone for Champions of Character Live 5 is the independent research study of the NAIA student-athlete experience that is integrated into the courses. At the start of the course and then before and after each sport season, student-athletes have the opportunity to participate in the study that will gauge the impact of deliberately teaching character over time. The NAIA is partnering with sports ethics and psychology professionals from TrueCompetition.org in conducting the research.