Lions receive NAIA Team Champions of Character Award

Lions receive NAIA Team Champions of Character Award

Thu, Apr. 23, 2015 - [Men's Basketball]

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lions had one of their most successful seasons ever on the basketball floor this season.  Their success, however, extends beyond the court as the team recently received the Buffalo Funds NAIA Champions of Character Award.

The Lions have been involved with several service projects, including an on-going relationship with Blake Rader, a young child battling brain cancer.  In November 2013, Blake was honored during the homecoming game and presented the officials with the game ball.  The team has also volunteered at Youth Town, a local youth home, and has participated in reading programs at local elementary schools.

Head Coach Jason Shelton also presented the NAIA's Five Core Values to third and fourth graders in the area.  Approximately 125 students came to FHU's Brewer Sports Center to connect with the team and learn about the NAIA's Champions of Character initiative.

"Character is a vital part of team chemistry because a team can't be successful if the individual members are selfish," Shelton said. "Every member of the team from the walk-ons to the Head Coach must work to be unselfish. Each individual player must work together with the other players on the floor. We all must try to put others over ourselves."

This year's award is the second for the Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball program as they were also honored in 2011.