The Bethany College men’s and women’s cross country teams have been awarded the KCAC Teams of Character honor for their sport, the conference office announced Monday. The KCAC Team of Character award is sponsored by IMA, Inc. and Dissinger Reed, and was based off of the NAIA Champions of Character award. A team is recognized in each sport, as voted on by their peer coaches.

Bethany’s men’s and women’s teams have totaled over 110 hours of community service since the beginning of the year. Their dedication to service is evident with the programs and activities they have participated in. One such program is KICK, or Kids in Christ’s Kingdom, which is an after-school program for elementary school children. The Swedes also participate once a week in the Move Well Marathon at the local school, Soderstrom Elementary, where they run and interact with the children as they exercise before school starts as part of a school-wide exercise program. Both teams also volunteered at the Smoky Valley cross country meet.

The Swedes’ cross country teams, along with every other team at Bethany College, participate in a weekly discussion/reflection over core values. They reflect on how Bethany College’s core values (integrity, hospitality, community, servant leadership, and sustainability) intersect with the NAIA Champions of Character core values (integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership).