April 10, 2018
PFX Athletics and Pure Athletics, two non-profit organizations operating out of the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, are excited to announce a FREE community event for youth ages 4-18 in conjunction with the NAIA Women’s Softball World Series. The “Champions of Character” event will introduce Lake County youth to the top 10 NAIA College softball teams as well as several Olympic and pro track and field athletes.
The vision of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character program is to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so students, coaches and parents know, do and value the right thing on and off the field.
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.
Students learn to understand how the values play out in both practice and competition. Coaches are taught how to intentionally define, model, shape and reinforce the values through their coaching and mentoring. Parents learn how their behavior is key to supporting their athletes.
The Champions of Character event is open to all children ages 4-18. It will be held at the National Training Center (NTC) track on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6:00pm. Gates open at 5:45pm. All participants will receive a free ticket to the NAIA Women’s Softball World Series Opening Ceremonies on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:30pm.