KANSAS CITY (Mo.) — On Wednesday afternoon, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released its annual list of NAIA Champions of Character Five Star award winners, and Robert Morris University-Illinois has been honored as a silver-level institution for the 2018-19 school year—the university’s fourth such achievement in the last four years dating back to 2014-15 when the school was selected by the NAIA for recognition as a bronze-level institution.

The Robert Morris University-Illinois Athletics Department — under the leadership of Director of Athletics Jared Williamson since the start of the 2017-18 school year — was one of 180 NAIA colleges to receive the national award that is bestowed upon programs in acknowledgement of their commitment to advancing the association’s established ideals of character training, academic focus, character promotion, conduct in competition, and character recognition.

“The NAIA Champions of Character program is dedicated to changing the culture of sport, and we are proud to be recognized for the commitment that our students and staff members have made towards affecting that change,” remarked Williamson. “When it comes to holding each other accountable for the NAIA’s core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership, it really is a team effort. The culture of a program is not only measured by wins and losses, but also by the quality of person it produces—and we are very fortunate to have many fine men and women associated with our teams.”

In addition to receiving the NAIA Champions of Character Five Star award as an institution, Robert Morris University was recognized as a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference—which was honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as a 2019 Five Star Conference award winner, along with 15 other athletic cooperatives from around the nation. The complete listing of NAIA Five Star schools and conferences can be found here.