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Wednesday, October 2, 2013  
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Work, Connect, Believe, Think
Annalee Ward, Director of Wendt Center


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"Work, Connect, Believe, Think—these are the 4 building blocks of character,” urged Wade Salem, President of Character Matters. Salem delivered his motivational speech to over 600 athletes and coaches Thursday, September 12 in Butler Hall at the new Heritage Center.

Athletic Director, Dan Runkle, works with Salem to integrate character concerns into the coaching as well as to further encourage student athletes to rise to high standards of excellent character. This is an exciting extension of the Wendt Character Initiative!

To support the hard work of coaches and athletes striving to be not only excellent in their sport, but excellent in the core of their identity, the Wendt Center, working with the coaches, gives Character Athlete awards for each sport.

The athletes who best exemplify a positive attitude, honesty, discipline, hard work, team-focus, compassion, fairness, and live by the Golden Rule are recognized. In the spring, male and female Character Athlete of the Year awards are presented at the Honors Convocation.

Salem concluded by reminding us that we are more than our sport and if that’s taken away from us, do we know who we really are and who we really want to be? "Who are you,” he asked, if you can no longer be an athlete? Character is the difference maker not only to improve performance, attitude and teamwork, but also to produce quality people on and off the field or court.”

People of character persevere and even thrive when things get tough. People of character–those are whom we aspire to graduate from UD.


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