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Fri, Oct. 4, 2013 - [Keelhaulers]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the fourth consecutive year, the California Maritime Academy was named a Five-Star Institution as part of the NAIA's Champions of Character program. Cal Maritime ranked fourth nationally with an impressive 97 points out of a possible 100.

The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution's commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Points are earned in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, character recognition, academic focus and character promotion.

"This well-deserved recognition represents the hard work our coaches and players have put into representing Cal Maritime in the most positive way.  Cal Maritime is a truly special place and I am privileged to lead a department with so many individuals who take great pride in living the core values of the Champions of Character initiative," stated Cal Maritime's Athletic Director Marv Christopher.

This year, NAIA-member institutions averaged a 67.48 score on the Champions of Character Scorecard, which is comparable to the 2011-12 mark of 67.63. However, among Five-Star Champions of Character Institutions, the average score is 73.55—an improvement of over a point from last years' figure of 71.91.

The biggest change from last year came in the conduct in competition category. For the 2011-12 season, NAIA programs accumulated 630 ejections. That number dropped to 578 for 2012-13.

For the second-straight year, all 23 NAIA Conferences, including the California Pacific Conference, were named Five Star Champions of Character Conferences. This distinction is bestowed on every conference in which 60 percent of the member institutions earn Champions of Character Five Star Institution status.

Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

For more information about the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard, click here.

To view the complete list of 2012-13 NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions, click here.

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