Character in Athletics
Coaches are encouraged to create a culture of character from the locker room to practices to competitions. Athletes are recognized for modeling and supporting excellent character among their peers.
The University of Dubuque's Athletic Director uses “Character Matters” programming for student-athletes and coaches to focus on building character through and within athletics. The "Character Matters" program provides various training materials, resources, and support built around a yearly theme. In addition, Wade Salem, creator of "Character Matters," visits campus each year to work with the coaching staff, helping them integrate character themes into their coaching.
In 2012, the Wendt Character Initiative provided financial support to integrate "Character Matters" into UD's Athletics program.
Wendt Character Student-Athletes
Each year, one male and one female student-athlete from each University of Dubuque sport are selected by their coaches as the Wendt Character Student-Athlete of the Year for that sport. Each character athlete receives a certificate naming their achievement, and all are entered into the running for the overall Male and Female Wendt Character Student-Athlete of the Year.
The Athletic Director works with the coaches to choose the overall Male and Female Wendt Character Student-Athlete of the Year, and the two students chosen for that honor receive a special award during Honors Convocation.