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News Release

Peru State College to Join Heart of America Athletic Conference


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Dan Hanson today announced that the college will join the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) with full membership beginning in fall 2011.

Hanson said, “We are excited to join the Heart of America Athletic Conference, one of the most highly respected conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It provides an opportunity for our football program to be part of the same conference as our other athletic teams, which had not previously been the case. We look forward to spirited competitions between Peru State and the other member institutions of the HAAC.”

PSC Athletic Director Steve Schneider said, “The HAAC prides itself as a conference where intercollegiate athletics is a mission driven activity reinforcing the values of its institutions and that of the NAIA.  The high level of professionalism, focus on the student athlete, and the quality academic and athletic programs provide a good fit for Peru State College’s Athletic Department.

"Peru State Athletics is excited about the opportunity to be part of the HAAC. The member institutions are quality organizations lead by people of integrity, and we welcome the opportunity to compete on the athletic fields and in the classroom.”

Members of the HAAC, which was founded in 1971, include Avila University, Baker University, Benedictine College, Central Methodist University, Culver Stockton College, Evangel University, Graceland University, Lindenwood University, Mid-American Nazarene University and Missouri Valley College.

HAAC Commissioner Larry Lady, who serves the NAIA national office on several levels and as an NCAA Evaluator of Basketball Officials for the Big 12 Conference, said, “The Heart of America Athletic Conference is pleased to launch a new chapter in its history with the addition of Peru State College to its membership. Peru State’s most impressive attribute observed during the application process was its commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character initiative.”

Champions of Character is a nonprofit organization with the mission to change the culture of sports by promoting integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant-leadership.