OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – From the moment the Olivet Nazarene University swim team arrived at the Special Olympics meet-and-greet hosted by the NAIA everyone in the room could tell that this was just as important to these college athletes as it was to the members of the Oklahoma City Sea Lions. The Tigers walked right in, with no direction from anyone and went about making some new friends and fans.
For nearly two hours, the Tiger team mingled with the athletes and their parents. They discussed what events everyone swam and compared stories. They played games and even learned a few new dance moves.
The event was sponsored by the NAIA through their Champions of Character campaign. The program is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sports, and provide student-athletes and coaches with the training to help them know the right things, do the right thing, and value the right thing inside and outside of the sports setting. The program emphasizes five key core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.