Spires Student-Athletes Named KCAC Champions of Character

11/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) has named five University of Saint Mary Spires fall sports athletes as “Champions of Character,” student-athletes who best exemplify the core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) Champions of Character Program.

The NAIA Champion of Character program honors students who display five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Each season, coaches in the KCAC are asked to nominate one student-athlete from their team who best exemplifies those core values.

The winning Spires are:

  • Men’s Soccer player Nick Alford, a senior midfielder from Topeka, Kan.

  • Women’s Soccer player Claire Beebe, a senior midfielder from Wichita, Kan.

  • Volleyball player Amelia Noll, a senior libero from Nortonville, Kan.

  • Men’s Cross Country runner Cameron Avilez, a senior from San Diego, Calif.

  • Women’s Cross Country runner Karoline Banasik, a senior from Elkgrove Village, Ill.

“We stress values at the University of Saint Mary, and we’re proud of our student-athletes who personify those values,” USM Athletic Director Rob Miller said. “Our students-athletes learn important lessons in sportsmanship and leadership.”

Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance. Visit www.gospires.com to learn more about USM athletics.