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Villanova Claims National Basketball Championship, Continues Good Character Streak

April 3, 2018 – Villanova Basketball Team celebrated last night as the NCAA National Champions. Not only is this a major athletic victory for Villanova, it is substantial in the movement to bring strong character into the world of professional sports.


It is no secret that the NCAA’s character leadership has been lacking. However, Villanova’s Athletic Department has stood as a pillar of character in the NCAA for years, demonstrating the importance of good character for success. So how does Villanova do it?

  1. Thanks to Villanova’s deep-seated Augustinian values, moral and performance character have been written, taught and modeled for years, becoming ingrained in the school’s culture.

  2. Buy-in from the President of the University filters down through the athletic department, coaches and student athletes, constantly reaffirming the importance of character in sports.

  3. Athletes are treated the same as the rest of the students. Along with the entire student population, they attend the same orientation that focuses on values and character.

  4. Villanova's values are taught and enforced in the field every day by coaches, who consistently communicate with student athletes in proactive ways to help them become people who care about others and reflect the importance of living by Villanova's values and character.

Villanova’s dedication to character development was so impressive that, after their last NCAA Championship win, the Pennsylvania Character Consortium presented Villanova’s Athletic Department the 2016 Character Achievement Award – for embodying what it means to be a team of high character individuals.


It is this focus on good character that made the individuals and the team successful last night.


Congratulations, Villanova Wildcats, on your amazing season and your well-deserved win! We at CITRS are so proud to see the Wildcats continue exhibiting good character and sportsmanship in all you do.

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