Release Courtesy Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

WICHITA, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's soccer team has been awarded the 2016 KCAC Team of Character honor. The KCAC Team of Character award was based off of the NAIA Champions of Character award and recognizes a school in each sport, as voted on by their peer coaches.

The Moundbuilders strive to the Live5 in a number of ways, including a 100 percent participation in the NAIA Champions of Character Live5 Academy. The team strives to embody the five core values of the Live5 program (Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant Leadership) on and off the field, and demonstrates this by playing hard-nosed, clean character-based soccer with the fewest number of fouls through the course of the season. 

In an effort to build the soccer community in Winfield, Southwestern partners with the Winfield Youth Soccer Organization, which allows all players and coaches free admission, popcorn, and recognition at halftime. The Builders also partners with Mosaic - a local organization that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities - allowing their staff and the people they serve free admission to the game. In addition to these partnerships, Southwestern hosted a Kick for the Cure game to help raise awareness for breast cancer, and utilized a game day to recognize campus faculty and staff. 

The Moundbuilders participate in numerous service projects and leadership roles, including a campus-wide community service project, which provided food to students of the local school district. Inside these lunches were Southwestern athletic event tickets, as well as hand written notes from athletes who based the note off one of the five core values which meant the most to them. 

The Southwestern women's soccer team takes great pride in practicing servant leadership and do so by helping the Winfield community in a myriad of ways. This fall, the Moundbuilders helped Winfield Main Street Revitalization Program by painting windows to promote the Local Rotary in hosting a Regional Rotarian Conference. The Builders were also part of Southwestern's Trunk or Treat night where the campus provides a positive and safe environment for local area kids to enjoy Halloween festivities. As in previous years, the team also helped with the Isle of Lights setup, which is a light display at a local park in the Winfield community.