NAIA Champions of Character






College Mission

Bryan College’s mission is “educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan College's motto is "Christ Above All"; you will find this motto not only emblazoned on the college logo but also pursued in the lives of Bryan faculty, staff, students, and alumni.


The College seeks to assist in the personal growth and development of qualified students by providing an education based upon an integrated understanding of the Bible and the liberal arts. Just as Bryan prepares students to be difference makers in the world, the NAIA Champions of Character program is in place to assist student-athletes in character development that will carry beyond graduation. Champions of Character reinforces what student-athletes are already learning in the classroom: to be a well-developed whole person both spiritually, mentally, socially, and in physical aspects of life.


The college ultimately desires that its graduates will find their lives transformed by the living Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and consistently practice a thorough Christian lifestyle that grows from a well-developed biblical worldview. These graduates should be well-integrated persons and mature citizens who accept their responsibility to glorify God and serve others.


Champions of Character Program


Research shows that the longer a student spends in sports, their social reasoning - sacrificing for the good of the team - rises, while their moral reasoning skills - doing what is fair, just, honest, and noble - decline.


The Champions of Character program helps participants find the balance by keeping five core values  - integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership - at the heart of the athletics experience.


The NAIA asks all student-athletes to pledge to adopt the five core character values, and Bryan College athletics has taken the challenge to represent fully what it means to be a Champion of Character on and off the field. The four primary objectives of the program can be summed up as followed:


•  To provide opportunities for the Champions of Character process to be incorporated into athletic programs.

•  To increase the number of athletic programs intentionally teaching character.

•  To increase the number of parents and adult role models who are trained on how to give proper support and be positive influences on young men and women.

•  To positively impact the character development of students.



Champions of Character

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Liaison Contact

Will Tholken

Coordinator of Athletic Operations