The NAIA describes its Champions of Character as those who display the group's five core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Williams Baptist College gives away an annual award to the male and female athletes who best represent Champions of Character throughout the year.
The 2011-12 award winners are Karisa Hendrix and Dakota Melton. Certificates were presented to the WBC student-athletes in a ceremony before the first round of the American Midwest Conference softball tournament at Williams.
Hendrix is a junior from Cherokee Village, Ark., majoring in social studies education. The softball pitcher is the daughter of Kevin and Michelle Hendrix of Cherokee Village.
"Karisa is a bright young lady who demonstrates on and off the field what we desire from our athletes," said Jeff Rider, Director of Athletics at WBC.
Melton will graduate with a degree in Christian ministries in May. The Mountain Home, Ark., native competed as a pitcher for the Eagles baseball squad. He is the son of Theresa Melton and the late Philip Melton of Mountain Home.
"Dakota has been a leader on this campus, representing respect and sportsmanship towards fellow students, professors, and staff," said Rider.
Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.