Champions of Character Contacts

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Champions of Character program and Foundation are headquarted at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Office.

1200 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-595-8000
Fax: 816-595-8200

Business Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 5 pm Central

Parking: closest public parking is Town Pavilion garage at 13th and Grand.
Directions from MapQuest

Staff

Lori Thomas
Senior Vice President for Membership and Character Initiatives
816-595-8000
lthomas@naia.org

In her role as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Senior Vice President for Membership and Character Initiatives, Lori Thomas is responsible for achieving greater efficiencies and consistency in delivery of the Champions of Character program on college campuses and in communities served by NAIA member institutions. Her leadership of Champions of Character has its roots in her years of experience as a student-athlete, college coach, professional athlete and parent.

Kristin Knopik Gillette
Director of Champions of Character
816-595-8104
kgillette@naia.org
Kristin Gillette joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as a Manager of Championship Sports in 2008 and was promoted to Director of Champions of Character in 2011. Kristin has been a certified Champions of Character presenter since 2005 and has spoken to numerous school and youth organizations throughout the Kansas City community.  As director, Kristin focuses on enhancing and further development of the program including local and national initiatives, character education activities at championship events, character conferences and certification of NAIA constituents.  She continues to speak to college students, parents, and youth about the power of sport to teach life lessons.

Kathy Busch
Program Coordinator for Champions of Character
816-595-8101
kbusch@naia.org
As the NAIA's Champions of Character Program Coordinator, Kathy coordinates all activities, local programming, materials and evaluations. Prior to joining the NAIA in 2005, Kathy was a physical education teacher at various levels of secondary education in Kansas. In addition to teaching, Kathy was a youth softball coach for 10 years. Kathy obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Education from the University of Kansas. Contact Kathy to schedule a Champions of Character presentation at your organization.


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