ATLANTA, Ga. – Loyola University New Orleans student-athletes Darrinton Moncrieffe and Amy Sprout were recently named to the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team, as announced by the Southern States Athletic Conference.
Moncrieffe, a senior from Baton Rouge, has been active in the commuity both on- and off-campus since he arrived at Loyola in the fall of 2007. Among his many contributions have been visits to local schools and trips to impoverished countries. Moncrieffe was designated as the conference’s representative for the national award.
"We are very proud of Darrinton's accomplishments and recognition as being the SSAC's Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character nomination. Darrinton has been an outstanding ambassador on and off the court over the course of his four years at Loyola," Dr. Michael Giorlando, men’s basketball coach, said.
According to women’s basketball coach Kellie Kennedy, Sprout, a junior from Harahan, constantly strives both on and off the court to display the five core values of the Champions of Character Team – integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
“Amy was a unanimous decision to receive this award by our staff,“ Kennedy said. “It was no surprise to anyone associated with our program that Amy was the recipient. She is such a quality individual and I can't say enough about her!”
The award, considered one of the most prestigious honors in the NAIA, recognizes a student-athlete who excels in athletics and academics and is committed to the Champions of Character program's five core values.
The NAIA initiative is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting. Champions of Character is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is about reaching your potential and making good decisions consistently in daily life.
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