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Kansas City, MO: Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Five-Star Institution Award. Based on points, there are three distinction levels including gold (90-100 points), silver (75-89 points), and bronze (60-74 points). Alice Lloyd College  was awarded gold status for the year.

For 2016-17, 183 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award which included 66 gold level winners, 76 silver level winners, and 41 bronze level winners. NAIA Five-Star Conference Awards are also given in part based on the number of schools within the conference that earn the Five-Star Institution Award. This year, 18 conferences earned the Five-Star Conference Award. This includes the River States Conference, which Alice Lloyd is a member of.

Congratulations to all our Five-Star Award winners. Your focus on character-driven athletics is a key factor in continuing to elevate the NAIA student-athlete experience.