Simpson University Senior Selected for Character Award

For Immediate Release


Softball player Jodie Richards with Coach Wayne StowerREDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University Athletics Department honored senior Jodie Richards with the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Champions of Character Award for her leadership on campus.

Richards, a communication major from El Dorado Hills, Calif., plays for the Red Hawks softball team. She has served as team captain, leading devotions and meeting with players to talk about their Christian faith.

The past two years, she was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete. She also served as a First Year Experience leader on campus, working with new students.

“I feel Jodie’s greatest strength lies in her ability to provide spiritual advice, guidance, support and growth to our team as a whole,” said softball coach Wayne Stower. “She is a person her teammates respect and value.”

The NAIA Champions of Character program seeks to change the culture of sport by helping participants build character in five core areas: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

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Photo: Simpson University senior Jodie Richards, left, and softball coach Wayne Stower


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s athletic department offers intercollegiate programs in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross-country, and golf; women’s volleyball and softball; and men’s baseball and wrestling. For more information about Simpson University athletics, please visit


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