BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University Competitive Dance Team earned the prestigious 2017 Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award, announced at the 2017 NAIA National Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Baker is the only competitive dance team across the NAIA to receive this award and the first in the history of Baker Athletics to earn the award. A single team is selected for each of the 25 NAIA National Championship sports.
Institutions may nominate their teams prior to the National Championship event, then the Coaches Association Officers select the winner.
The winning team is chosen for its display of exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus and in the community including outreach presentations on the Five Core Values.
Throughout the year the Baker dance team has exemplified what it means to be a champions of character team by volunteering in numerous capacities including
serving dinner with Micah Ministry in Kansas City Missouri, volunteering with Uplift in Kansas City, Missouri where team members went out to the homeless to deliver food and necessities.
They also participated in the first-ever downtown Trunk or Treat for Baldwin City, Kansas, Adopt a Child for Christmas in the Baldwin City, Kansas community, collected items to donate for Prairie Paws in Ottawa, Kanas and hosted a free youth clinic for the community of Baldwin City where the NAIA five core values were discussed.
The team also has plans to once again volunteer their time for the annual Douglas County Daddy Daughter Date Night March 4th.
"I am so excited our team received this award," said head coach Lynsey Payne. "We decided at the beginning of the year we wanted to make giving back a priority. Once a month these ladies take time out of their schedules to give back and for them to be recognized for that makes me so happy."