Champions of Character

For the tenth consecutive year, the Mount Marty College Athletic Department was named a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution by the NAIA. MMC was among 168 institutions named to the Five-Star list.

The Mount Marty College Athletic Department is a charter member of the NAIA's Champions of Character, and initiative started in 2000 to develop character among its membership. The

NAIA identified five core character values that an institution would need to address with its athletes and staff in order to be a member, with the idea that the NAIA and its members are in unique position to make a change in the culture of sport. The five core character values are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Each year the athletic department selects an individual that best represents these core character values.

Caitlin Davis
2016 Champion of Character Winner


Past Champion of Character Winners

Holly Hegge 2015
Abbey VanDenBerg 2014
Dylan Babel 2013
Kylie Gross 2012
Joshua Wenande 2011
Michelle Amundson 2010
Dana Marquardt 2009
Christopher Filsinger 2008
JJ Heyden 2007
Rachel Evans 2006
Melissa Schmidt 2005


Community Service Projects

  • The softball team helped with the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament. The team basically handled all the workers for one of the courts for the tournament.
  • The baseball team helped with bank stabilization, needed because of the Missouri River flooding.
  • Men's basketball plotted and worked on the garden for the Healthy Yankton project.
  • The men's and women's basketball teams participated in the Little Lancer program that ran for 4 sessions during the month of January. They worked with 1st through 5th grade boys and girls from the Yankton area teaching them footwork, ball handling and fundamentals of shooting, passing, and dribbling. They also assisted with the Little Lancers halftime performance during a Lancer basketball game.
  • Volleyball helped out a local volleyball club team. The Lancers would rotate in helping with practices.
  • Volleyball, basketball, and softball teams raised funds and awareness for the local Cancer Center by having Cancer Awareness days during one of our home events.
  • Women's basketball read and participated in a questioning session at Beadle Elementary School.
  • Track teams assisted in some of the high school and middle school track meets in Yankton.