KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in history, the Martin Methodist Athletic Department earned distinction as a Gold Champions of Character Five-Star Institution, the NAIA national office recently announced.

Every year, each NAIA institution and conference demonstrate their progress in pursuing character-driven athletics. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points. Institutions can be recognized as Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions at three different levels: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74 points).


After several efforts to achieve Gold status came up just short, the RedHawks commitment to community service and servant leadership proved the extra push the department needed to achieve the honor.

During the 17-18 academic year, 171 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award. Included were 74 institutions at the Gold distinction level, 62 at the Silver distinction level and 35 at the Bronze distinction level.

The RedHawks were one of three institutions in the Southern States Athletic Conference to achieve the honor.

“We are very proud to have earned ‘Gold Star’ status with our Champions of Character Scorecard,” Bain said. “Although we strive for gold every year, this recent award is our first Gold Star. Over the past ten years, we have always earned a Bronze or Silver. To earn Gold is a sincere team reward with no weak links while striving and obtaining perfection. Our commitment to character in sport is a continuous journey to teach, monitor, and re-teach. This is our pledge and I sincerely appreciate our coaches and staff in obtaining this elite national honor.”

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478