OLLU earns 2020-2021 NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character Institution distinction

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has released the 2020-2021 Champions of Character list and OLLU has been recognized as a Bronze Level Five Star Institution.

Traditionally, institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year. The NAIA worked to collaborate with member institutions to better reflect efforts that were impacted by transition and adjustments from COVID-19.

OLLU did not have any ejections last season, plus it had more than 170 student-athletes who received scholar-athlete recognition for GPAs of 3.0 and higher. In addition 15 of 17 teams have earned NAIA Scholar-Team awards. Highlights of OLLU’s demonstration of being a Champions of Character institution include the following:

Zerina Shatri selected as RRAC Character Athlete of the Week – May 25, 2021
2021 Top Saints who excelled in academics, athletics and community service among all student-athletes at OLLU. Their accomplishments set the bar high for other student-athletes who will follow them here at OLLU in the years to come.
2020 Top Saints who excelled in academics, athletics and community service among all student-athletes at OLLU. Their accomplishments set the bar high for other student-athletes who will follow them here at OLLU in the years to come.
Cheer and dance teams participate in various community events – July 8, 2021
Softball team gives back to the community – Feb. 2021
Baseball team takes part in blood and tissue drive – Jan. 2021
OLLU softball’s Kaitlyn Salazar selected as RRAC Etier Character Athlete of the Year – July 7, 2020
OLLU’s Ruben Monzon (SR/San Diego, Calif.) Kaitlyn Salazar selected as RRAC Character Athletes of the Week – April 15, 2020


In addition, each team selected a student-athlete who best represents the Champions of Character mantra. They include:

Men’s Basketball – Ruben Monzon
Women’s Basketball – Angeline Sanchez (JR/Cibolo, Texas)
Men’s Cross-Country – Jose Zarate (SR/San Antonio, Texas) (JR/Mentone Beach, Calif.)
Women’s Cross-Country – Lindsey Broussard (JR/Kingwood, Texas) (JR/Houston, Texas)
Men’s Golf – Kane Ybarra
Men’s Soccer – Carlos Beltran (SR/San Antonio, Texas)
Women’s Soccer – Rachel Dziuba (SO/Germantown, Md.)
Softball – Ysa Gonzales (JR/San Marcos, Texas)
Men’s Track and Field – Tamaj Gordon (JR/San Antonio, Texas)
Women’s Track and Field – Destiny Joseph
Volleyball – Megan Montalvo (SO/San Antonio, Texas)