KANSAS CITY, MO. (March 13, 2018) - The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team is in Kansas City this week in anticipation of the 2018 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Saints are scheduled to play Hope International University on Thursday, March 15, at 9:15 p.m.
Teams earning a berth at nationals typically participate in Champions of Character events, such as visiting schools and community centers. The Saints spent Tuesday at the Oak Hill YMCA in Overland Park, near Kansas City.
Men's Head Basketball Coach Michael Poindexter commented, "It was a great experience to meet with those kids today. To see their eyes light up as we walked in made it special. We talked to the kids about the NAIA Champions of Character core values, and about being active and eating right. The team members put on a slam dunk contest and played them one-on-one and signed autographs. Visiting with the kids helped our guys realize that they are role models and somebody is always looking up to them. It was a great experience."
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program.
As an NAIA institution, Our Lady of the Lake University has developed a Champions of Character program that includes:
- Ongoing character education for all student-athletes using the Champions of Character Live 5 orientation program.
- Professional development for coaches and athletics administrative staff including completion of the Character-Driven Coaching course.
- An emphasis on hospitality, proper game management and exemplary conduct in competition.
- Ongoing assessment of progress in the program's implementation.
The NAIA Champions of Character program is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport, and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting. The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is about reaching potential and making good decisions consistently in daily life.
The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate in everyday decisions the five core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.