Tevlin Named Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Winner
COLUMBIA - For the second year in a row the Columbia Cougars celebrate one of their own being honored as the American Midwest Conference (AMC) recipient of the Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character award. Junior Soccer player Tim Tevlin is this year's recipient. The award is named after Dr. Walker, President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee who served as president through the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. Dr. Walker is a graduate of Benedict College and a former president of the NAIA.
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 of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. 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.
Tevlin was chosen as the AMC's winner for her efforts on and off the soccer field. In 2010 Tim was an academic all-conference honoree as well as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. He was a team captain on the field as well as being the Vice President of the Columbia College Peace Club where he helped found and design Peace Club as a means for student and members of the campus community to become aware of non-violent and peace motivated issues. Tevlin was also a member of the ECO Club and the Conversation Partner Program.
For his senior year Tim has been hired as a Columbia College Peer Education, a position which will provide information and informative activies to members of the campus community to raise awareness about academic and personal health issues on campus and in the community at large.