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Tid Hilger Wins NAIA Champions of Character Award

Released: 06/16/2011

William “Tid” Hilger, a senior on the LSU Alexandria baseball team, has won the prestigious LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award among nominees from 33 member schools in the NAIA Association of Independent Institutions. The award is named after the former NAIA president, who also is president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

One student-athlete from each NAIA conference is recognized annually. The Association of Independent Institutions is the largest among the NAIA conferences.

The LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award is based on the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Nominees must submit an essay on how their lives have been influenced by the core values, and they must possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average and present three letters of recommendation.

“The recipients of this award represent the highest standards of what college athletics should be,” said Dr. Melissa Parks, LSUA faculty representative for athletics and associate professor of kinesiology in the Department of Education. “We’re very proud of Tid. He is most deserving of this recognition.”

Hilger, a graduate of Menard High School in Alexandria, based his essay on a quote from author H. Jackson Brown Jr. -- “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” He went on to write “the most vital of all values is integrity. Your behavior reflects the values that you believe. My home atmosphere and religious faith taught me the importance of truthfulness, respect for others, responsibility and social values. However, sports molded me into the person I am today.”

LSUA coach Dan Purvis said Hilger participates in Habitat for Humanity, blood drives and student success seminars. “He’s a terrific player, and more importantly he’s an outstanding person. Every coach in America would love to have him on their team,” Purvis said.

Hilger, a business administration major and a three-year starter at third base, has a career batting average of .368 with nine home runs and 105 RBI. He hit a team-high .382 this spring and led the Generals in home runs and RBI.