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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Christian University (OCU) volleyball team was selected as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) River States Conference (RSC) Women's Team of Character Award winner for 2021-22. The Trailblazers' volleyball team was chosen after a vote from the RSC Champions of Character Committee. 

The RSC Team of Character awards honor one men's and one women's team each year for their exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus and in the community. Teams are selected by demonstrating the NAIA's five core character values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership. The award is patterned after the national team of character award presented by the NAIA.

"I could not be more proud of my team," said Ally Coyle, OCU head volleyball coach. "They all chose to buy into our core values this past year, and they truly were an amazing examples of how to love, serve and encourage others."

The Trailblazers were involved in multiple community service projects during the 2021-22 academic year. The team participated in a service project each month of the year. Each project embodied the NAIA five core character values but with an added emphasis for servant leadership toward the campus as well as toward the community. 

In October of 2021, OCU volleyball hosted a "Yellow-Out" game in support of Mason Roese, a cancer patient from the local Circleville area. The event brought in over $2,000 in support of Mason and raised awareness for Ewing's Sarcoma. Sadly, Roese passed away Nov. 29, 2021. The team is planning another game in his honor this coming year. 

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The River States Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, informal or organized practice, and participation in NAIA championships effective March 13 at noon through March 31st.  Further direction will be provided as soon as it is available. For the health and safety of RSC student-athletes, coaches, support staff, and the general public, the RSC Commissioner and Council of Presidents feel this is the best course of action at this time. The RSC will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments, and leadership will work closely
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The River States Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, informal or organized practice, and participation in NAIA championships effective March 13 at noon through March 31st.  Further direction will be provided as soon as it is available. For the health and safety of RSC student-athletes, coaches, support staff, and the general
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Published: November 30, 2019

CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department spent the month of November gathering supplies to show the love of Christ this holiday season, packing 20 boxes to be sent overseas as a part of Operation Christmas Child.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department spent the month of November gathering supplies to show the love of Christ this holiday season, packing 20 boxes to be sent overseas as a part of Operation Christmas Child.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department spent the month of November gathering supplies to show the love of Christ this holiday season, packing 20 boxes to be sent
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CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department spent the month of November gathering supplies to show the love of Christ this holiday season, packing 20 boxes to be sent overseas as a part of Operation Christmas Child.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department spent the month of November gathering supplies to show the love of Christ this holiday season, packing 20 boxes to be sent overseas as a part of Operation Christmas Child.
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Published: November 30, 2019

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2019 River States Conference Fall Sport Scholar-Athlete team named 37 Ohio Christian University  student-athletes who made the grade for this season. All five Trailblazer fall sports were recognized. To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, have at least two semesters of attendance prior to the current term, participate in an RSC sport and be nominated by their institution. The NAIA sponsors a similar award program of the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, which is awarded to juniors and seniors with a 3.50 GPA or higher. 
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2019 River States Conference Fall Sport Scholar-Athlete team named 37 Ohio Christian University  student-athletes who made the grade for this season. All five Trailblazer fall sports were recognized. To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, have at least two semesters of attendance prior to the current term, participate in an RSC
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2019 River States Conference Fall Sport Scholar-Athlete team named 37 Ohio Christian University  student-athletes who made the grade for this season. All five Trailblazer
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Trailblazers Boast 37 2019 RSC Fall Scholar Athletes

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Published: December 10, 2019

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2019 River States Conference Fall Sport Scholar-Athlete team named 37 Ohio Christian University  student-athletes who made the grade for this season. All five Trailblazer fall sports were recognized. To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, have at least two semesters of attendance prior to the current term, participate in an RSC sport and be nominated by their institution. The NAIA sponsors a similar award program of the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, which is awarded to juniors and seniors with a 3.50 GPA or higher. 
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2019 River States Conference Fall Sport Scholar-Athlete team named 37 Ohio Christian University  student-athletes who made the grade for this season. All five Trailblazer fall sports were recognized. To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, have at least two semesters of attendance prior to the current term, participate in an RSC
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2019 River States Conference Fall Sport Scholar-Athlete team named 37 Ohio Christian University  student-athletes who made the grade for this season. All five Trailblazer