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Florida National University is proud to support the NAIA Champions of Character program that goes well beyond the playing field to the daily decisions of our youth. These character values help young people – and those associated with their development – make good choices in all aspects of their life and reflect the true spirit of competition. The five core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and servant leadership are put into play, accounted for, and tracked at all NAIA schools.

Respect

Those associated with sports show respect by treating themselves, other persons, institutions, and their sport according to the highest standards of conduct. It implies civilized and gracious behavior to players, coaches, fans, and parents.

Responsibility

Athletes show responsibility by making academic progress toward graduation their top priority. They solve problems rather than make excuses, and are reliable team players. Students should be accountable for their actions and decisions, and coaches and administrators should maintain high standards of competence and conduct.

Integrity

For student competitors and their coaches, integrity means keeping commitments and conducting honest behavior. Coaches must subscribe to and practice the Coaches Code and Code of Ethics, and student-athletes must know and understand the Champions of Character Student-Athlete Pledge.

Servant Leadership

This core value refers to putting the group first and becoming responsible for personal and group roles while performing at your best. Students demonstrating servant leadership have the primary purpose of serving others while striving to become a personal and team leader. The servant-leader provides a critical service to society and the great gift of a good example.

Sportsmanship

The conduct of educational sports according to the highest standards is our expectation for sportsmanship. Administrators, coaches, students, fans, and parents are expected to act correctly even when others do not, and demonstrate fairness and equity in all contests and relationships. The five core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and servant leadership are put into play, accounted for, and tracked at all NAIA schools.

More information on the five core values can be found on the NAIA Champions of Character webpage.


As an NAIA institution, Florida National University has developed a Champions of Character campus program that includes:

• Ongoing character education for all student-athletes using the Champions of Character Live 5 orientation program.

• Professional development for coaches, athletics administrative staff including completion of the Character-Driven Coaching course.

• Emphasis on hospitality and game management of athletics events and conduct in competition.

• Servant leadership activities that promote student leadership and athletic community engagement.

• Ongoing oversight and assessment of progress in the program’s implementation by both Florida National University and the NAIA.


Florida National University continues its commitment to the Champions of Character’s five core values through our community service projects, our various trainings and activities, and our outreach experiences:

Community Outreach with Exact Soccer Camp

FNU Men’s Soccer Head Coach took part in an Exact Soccer Camp on May 23rd, 2021. He addressed over 50 campers speaking on the NAIA Champions of Character initiative and the importance of education, that they are students first and athletes second. He also went over the recruiting process in college soccer, from eligibility, to recruiting, to effectively contacting college coaches.

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 9 on May 7th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #9 on May 7th, 2021: FNU President Dr. Maria C. Regueiro, athletic director, coaches, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,200 food and drink boxes.

For additional information and more pictures of our previous and/or upcoming FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drives, please follow our FNU Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaNationalUniversity/

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 8 on Apr 23rd, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #8 on April 23rd, 2021: FNU President Dr. Maria C. Regueiro, athletic director, coaches, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,200 food and drink boxes.

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 7 on Apr 16th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #7 on April 16th, 2021: FNU athletic director, athletics personnel, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,200 food and drink boxes.

For additional information and more pictures of our previous, and upcoming, FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drives, please follow our FNU Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaNationalUniversity/

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 6 on Apr 9th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #6 on April 9th, 2021: FNU athletic director, athletics personnel, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,200 food and drink boxes.

 

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week with FNU volleyball team

As part of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, on March 25th, 2021, the FNU head women’s volleyball coach and head athletic trainer speak to the women’s volleyball team about important drug and alcohol related facts, substance abuse, and statistics to help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol.

For more information about National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, please visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse webpage: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 5 on Mar 19th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #5 on March 19th, 2021: FNU athletic director, athletics personnel, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,500 food and drink boxes.

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 4 on Mar 12th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #4 on March 12th, 2021: FNU President Dr. Maria C. Regueiro, athletic director, coaches, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,500 food and drink boxes.

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 3 on Mar 5th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #3 on March 5th, 2021: FNU President Dr. Maria C. Regueiro, athletic director, coaches, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,500 food and drink boxes.

 

Group Picture of Community Outreach with Mater Lakes Track Team

FNU Athletic Director and Cross Country Head Coach provided a community outreach to Mater Lakes Academy cross country / track & field team on March 4th, 2021. They discussed about sport specific development, training programs, and personal character traits / Live 5 core values that college athletic programs look for in potential student-athletes.

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 2 on Feb 26th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive #2 on February 26th, 2021: FNU athletic director, coaches, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,500 food and drink boxes.

 

FNU hosting Food Drive 1 on Feb 12th, 2021

FNU COVID-19 Relief Food Drive on February 12th, 2021: FNU President Dr. Maria C. Regueiro, athletic director, coaches, student-athletes from various sports, and partnering organizations volunteered to provide much needed support and food to our local South Florida community by donating and distributing more than 1,500 food and drink boxes.

USCAA Press Release about FNU’s COVID-19 Relief Food Drives: https://www.theuscaa.com/Press_Releases/2020-2021/Florida_National_University_Holds_COVID-19_Relief_Food_Drive

 

Women's Soccer Team Volunteering at Austism Soccer 5k Walk on September 19th, 2020

Members of the FNU women’s soccer team (pictured), head coach and athletic director (not pictured), volunteered and helped coordinate the Autism Soccer 5k Walk event at Amelia Earhart Park on September 19th, 2020. The purpose of the event is to provide awareness, support, and positive experiences for children with autism through the sport of soccer.

For more information about Autism Soccer and their various events, please visit their webpage: https://autismsoccer.org/

 

FNU Volleyball team working for the community

FNU’s women’s volleyball head coach, graduate assistant, and student-athletes, after building a playground at local Bucky Dent Park in Hialeah on October 25th, 2019. This playground will serve the general public and the greater Hialeah community.

 

FNU Cross Country Athletes hosting a cross country meet

FNU’s cross country head coach and student-athletes, along with Florida State Representative Anthony Rodriguez, helping host the Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country Invitational for local middle schools and high schools at Larry & Penny Thompson Park on October 4th, 2019.