KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Oklahoma Wesleyan women’s basketball program was recently honored with the 2016 NAIA Women’s Basketball Buffalo Funds Champions of Character Team Award for its continued work on and off the court.
The Buffalo Funds Champions of Character Team Award is designed to recognize one team per year in each sport, based upon exemplary character and sportsmanship designed regularly during practice, competition, on campus and in the community.
The Lady Eagles basketball team was selected as the NAIA’s recipient based on their involvement at “Day of Hope”, where they helped people in the community get groceries, provide a free meal, and also provide free haircuts to those in need. Other events that the program participated in were the Woolroc Community Outreach Event, Adopt-A-Coach Program, Special Olympics, and the Christmas Child Shoe Box Service Project.
“Character is a reflection of individual commitment to honesty, integrity, and loyalty. Team chemistry is a fragile, moving target that cannot be achieved if team members don’t consistently the values listed above. I believe that a team must be focused on collective growth both on and off the court all season. Our team chemistry has been excellent this year because our team has focused on loving Christ, loving each other, and serving those around them. The friendships that have been developed this year are awesome because they are based on honesty, integrity, and loyalty.” Head Coach, Jason Jeschke said. “By consistently teaching character first, our student-athletes have become better people. This group, more so then others, has had individual deficiencies. But because of our commitment to service and responsibility, we have learned that if we complete tasks and service together, our collective strength can overcome any situation,” said Jeschke.
The women’s basketball program has received this award for the second straight year after being named the Buffalo Funds Champions of Character Team in 2015.