Benedictine University Mesa has once again been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2016-17 school year by the organization, it announced on Thursday.
And the Redhawks even took it a step further this year, going all the way to the Gold Level, the highest Five-Star award an institution can achieve, surpassing last year's Silver award.
BenU Mesa was one of 183 institutions to receive a Champions of Character Five-Star institution designation and one of only 66 to receive the prestigious Gold Level Award.
The NAIA Champions of Character program is designed to provide training to ensure student-athletes know, do and value the right things in all areas of life. The five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are put into play, accounted for and tracked at all NAIA schools.