POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks has revised its contracts for competition in all sports, adding a stipulation that all participating players and coaches respect the American flag and National Anthem.

“The College of the Ozarks will not play in games where disrespect is exhibited toward the American flag or National Anthem,” said College President Jerry C. Davis. “Opponents are pledging to meet the College’s expectations for respect of the National Anthem and American flag. Otherwise, our College will not participate.

“It’s a shame sporting events are being used to communicate disrespect for this great country,” Davis said. “We will not be a part of this.”

College of the Ozarks is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and has hosted the National Men’s Basketball Tournament for the past 18 years.

“The NAIA promotes a character initiative, and C of O has received a Five Star Institution Award more than once,” Davis said. “We don’t think disrespect of our country is consistent with the NAIA’s character initiative and certainly not with the patriotic goal of this school.

“We would like to see the NAIA lead in a campaign for respect for America and those who wear the uniform to defend our way of life, both at home and around the world. It’s time for colleges and universities to be positive role models. We need more emphasis on character and unity and less emphasis on political correctness.”

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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