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[FRND] 17 Falcon Athletic Teams Earn NAIA Scholar Team Award


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An astounding 17 Friends University Falcon athletic programs have received the prestigious NAIA Scholar Team award, the national office released yesterday (Sept. 15), as part of its annual NAIA National Awards Day.

To be eligible for this honor, the team must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average that includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

"We are proud of our student-athletes, they work hard in the classroom," said Dr. Rob Ramseyer, Friends University Director of Athletics.  "They are also provided great support by our faculty and Academic Dean's office.  Special thanks to Dr. Preston Todd, Ashley Borniger and the entire Academic Resource Center staff for all their hard work in supporting our students. We strive to be known as a university that prioritizes academics, which makes this type of recognition such a great honor."  

The 17 NAIA Scholar Team recipients rank second in the KCAC, just one shy of Ottawa University. 

"I am proud of the academic success displayed by our student-athletes," said Todd, Friends University Associate Academic Dean.  "We understand this achievement was earned by hard work and sacrifice. This recognition from the NAIA highlights our commitment to helping students graduate on time. Thank you to the players, coaches, and athletic staff for your commitment to academic excellence."  

The Friends University teams that achieved this honor are listed below:

Men's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country

Men's Soccer

Women's Soccer


Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Men's Indoor Track & Field

Women's Indoor Track & Field

Competitive Cheer



Men's Tennis

Women's Tennis

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Women's Golf

For the complete listing of the NAIA Scholar Team awards, click HERE.



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