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All about character

By The Herald Staff | 7/23/2013

WICHITA ­— Ottawa University junior baseball player Jacob Loucks was the winner of 2012-2013 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion of Character Male Student-Athlete of the Year presented by IMA, Inc.

Loucks will be recognized Aug. 6 at the 7th Annual KCAC Sport Management Conference at Southwestern College in Winfield.

WICHITA ­— Ottawa University junior baseball player Jacob Loucks was the winner of 2012-2013 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion of Character Male Student-Athlete of the Year presented by IMA, Inc.

Loucks will be recognized Aug. 6 at the 7th Annual KCAC Sport Management Conference at Southwestern College in Winfield.

Loucks pitched in 45 games for the Braves, starting 28.

His career ERA is 4.61 in 205 innings pitched. He is batting .273 as a three-year letterman.

Loucks earned All-KCAC first team pitching honors during his sophomore season.

The Emporia native is majoring in healthylivingfrco.org' target='_blank'>exercise science and compiled a 3.92 GPA.

He has been awarded NAIA and KCAC scholar-athlete for 2012-2013 and is a repeat member of the dean’s honor roll.

Loucks was given the Braves Hall of Fame Scholarship for his junior year.

“He strives for excellence and demonstrates the discipline and work ethic to excel as a student and an athlete,” Teresa Kriley, Ottawa assistant professor of education, said.

Loucks exceeds on the field, on campus, in the community and in the classroom. On campus, he serves the university as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Activities Board and Student Senate. Loucks is the co-president of the Braves Athletic Council and a residential assistant.  

His volunteer work includes time with many organizations, including Hope House and Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

In November 2012, Loucks was selected to represent the KCAC as the Dr. Leroy Walker award recipient. The award was created to honor the former president of the NAIA and President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee.

It recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and campus and community leadership, embracing the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.

“He shows a sincere interest in improving as a player, student and person each and every day,” Ottawa baseball coach Cory Blaine said. “He has demonstrated an unparalleled level of discipline and strives to set an example of unselfishness for his teammates at all times.”

The KCAC Champion of Character Student-Athlete of the Year Award was developed by the KCAC Champions of Character Committee to recognize significant contributions of a student-athlete who excels in the classroom, athletics, and community.

Each school has a representative on the Champions of Character Committee. The committee members voted on the award based on the nominees. Each school selects a nominee from their institution to be considered for the award. Representatives cannot vote for nominees from their institution.

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