NAIA Softball Players Give Back to Local Community through Champions of Character Program

16 May, 2011

As an integral part of the NAIA’s commitment to give back to the local community and to serving as positive role models, student-athletes participating in the upcoming 2011 Women’s Softball Championship will interact with the community during several events, which are highlighted below.

Conceived in 2000 by the NAIA, Champions of Character is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport and provide practical tools for student-athletes, coaches and parents to use in modeling exemplary character traits. Champions of Character is a nonprofit organization with the mission to change to culture of sports and seeks to replace the current cycle of cheating, trash talking, taunting and out of control behaviors found in today’s sports culture with integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. For more information, visit

The 2011 NAIA Softball National Championship will be held May 19-25 at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, in conjunction with the University of Mobile (Ala.), will host the 31st annual event for the first time in Gulf Shores, Ala.

WHAT:   Champions of Character Program for 2011 NAIA Softball National Championship


Monday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Orange Beach Sportsplex    
Youth Softball Clinic

Tuesday, May 17 from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Orange Beach Elementary School
Reading to the students

Tuesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Gulf Shores Elementary School
Reading to the students

Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Harry Roberts Community House
Line dancing with the seniors

Tuesday, May 17 from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Gulf Shores Middle School
Reviewing values of Champions of Character program with students

Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 p.m.
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Youth softball clinic
CONTACT:   Kim Chapman, Public Relations Manager
                    251-974-4625 (direct) or 251-752-8448 (cell)

ALERT DATE:   May 16, 2011

SOURCE:   Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission 
About the Organization:
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission (formerly known at the Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission) is a partnership between Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (formerly known as the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau), the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In 2006, this commission became a department within Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. In this role, the commission - along with assistance from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism – works to bring quality sporting events to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. For information, please visit



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