Integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership are the Five Core Values behind the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative. They are the words read before every contest, and the words hung on the banners in the gym. Few people can say they can exhibit theses values everyday, and of those few, only one is chosen by the Appalachian Athletic Conference as it’s Champion of Character.
This year Virginia Intermont College is lucky enough to call this person one of their own. Radville Autukaite was just recently crowned as the AAC Champion of Character for the example she sets daily to her teammates, VI’s campus members, and the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
“Rad” as she is known by most here, has grown into the prime example of what Virginia Intermont College expects of each of it’s student athletes. The junior, originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, has done everything asked of her and more since first putting on a Cobra uniform.
Whether it is on the court while encouraging her teammates to push themselves to unknown limits, all while playing for each other instead of themselves – or off the court where Rad has organized several service projects and takes time to coach an area youth women’s basketball team -she truly puts forth the effort to make those around her better.
When asked about Rad, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jaclyn Dickens recently stated, “I can’t even begin to say enough about how deserving Rad is of this award. She does so much for the school, team and community. Rad truly exhibits all five of the Champion of Character values.”
Virginia Intermont College is proud to have such an outstanding student-athlete. Congratulations Rad on your accomplishments!