Wilberforce University supports and fully adopts the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) philosophies and thus, shapes its statement of philosophy by including the basic philosophy of this association into its athletic mission and purpose statement. The purpose of the Wilberforce Athletic Program, as is the purpose of the NAIA, is to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate athletic participation. The College’s commitment to high standards and the principles of athletics serve as an integral part of education.
This aim and objective shall be accomplished by means of the functioning of district and local committees composed of representatives of those institutions which subscribe to and support athletics programs that shall culminate in truly democratic national and local championship competitions. NAIA seeks membership only from accredited institutions which support this aim. The primary criteria for selection and encouragement of membership shall be educational emphasis.
The “Champions of Character” model states that all NAIA member institutions promote the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Signing the “NAIA Student-Athlete Pledge” promotes your commitment to the NAIA objectives within the “Champions of Character” model. Wilberforce University Athletic Department Mission Statement Wilberforce University athletic department’s mission is to provide an atmosphere conducive to sustaining personal, academic, and athletic excellence. We emphasize personal, spiritual and academic development as priorities while the student-athlete is also challenged to commit to excellence within their sport. Through teamwork, sportsmanship, intercollegiate competition the athletic department is committed to seek and provide student-athletes with the necessary tools to development well-rounded contributing members of society. Wilberforce University pursues the following goals for student athletes: The student, as a central focus of intercollegiate athletics, shall:
The College shall: