The award is considered one of the most prominent honors in the NAIA as it recognizes a student-athlete who excels in the classroom and on the athletic field, while being committed to the Champions of Character program’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
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.
“I was pretty excited,” Loucks said. “The Champion of Character program is a big deal with the NAIA.
“To be able to represent the school in this manner means a lot.”
Loucks exceeds on the field, on campus, in the community and in the classroom. On campus, he serves the university as a member of the FCA, Campus Activities Board and Student Senate. Loucks is the co-president of the Braves Athletic Council and a Residential Assistant on campus.
His volunteer work includes time with many organizations including, Hope House and Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.
Loucks’ work ethic shows in the classroom and on the field.
Loucks, a pitcher for the Braves, finished the 2012 season in the top-five of 10 conference pitching statistical categories, including first in innings pitched (94) and second in ERA (2.66).
“He shows a sincere interest in improving as a player, student, and person each and everyday,” Ottawa baseball coach Cory Blaine said. “He, more than any other player I have coached, embodies the five core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.
“He has demonstrated an unparalleled level of discipline and strives to set an example of unselfishness for his teammates at all times.”
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 (S.C.) and a former president of the NAIA.