Each year, the Orange Empire Conference names one male and female student athlete from each member college to the Character Champion Team while naming overall winners of the Character Champion Award. The award is given to the student athlete who displays the following values; sportsmanship, respect, caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility shown through a specific action, ideally directed toward an opponent during competition. The criteria also includes the action of putting the team and teammates before oneself while acting as a positive role model. The inaugural award was given out following the 2009-10 academic year. Since its inception, the OEC Character Champion Award has been sponsored by Fair-Play Scoreboards.
Rachel McClure a sophomore on the women's soccer team possesses every characteristic of sportsmanship, respect, caring, fairness, honesty, integrity and responsibility shown on an everyday basis. The way she conducts herself in a competitive environment is even better, using constant positive feedback to help her teammates through the highs and lows of competition, giving utmost respect to competitors, and her heart to her teammates. She displays these attributes everyday in the practice environment as well.
McClure always put the team first and was voted "Best Teammate" by her teammates, she was also a team captain over the past two years. Coach Barone remarked "it is through her leadership on and off the field that helped lead us to a very successful season."
She suffered a season ending injury and was still at every game and practice to be there for her teammates. Rachel is a positive role model that all the girls on our team strive to be like.
Tomas Beralas a sophomore libero for the men's volleyball team composes and conducts himself in an competitive environment even better, giving utmost respect to competitors, and his heart to his teammates. He displays these attributes everyday in the practice environment as well, through all the competing drills that are done. He has consistently put the team first, as well as teammates while competing on or off the court. When recruits come onto campus coach Wray lamented "Tomas is the best role model and character we can introduce the prospective student athlete too. He exemplifies what our men's volleyball program and athletic department is all about."