WICHITA — The Bethel College women’s soccer team was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions of Character Team of the Year for the 2018 season.

The award is selected in a vote of the conference coaches.

Bethel track and cross country coach Jeff Hoskisson nominated the team.

“The women's soccer team is consistently seeking opportunities to be apart of something bigger than just sport," Hoskisson said. “(and that) these girls realize that they have the opportunity to make an impact in someones lives every single day."

Among the activities the team participated in include working with the Newton Recreation Commission to coordinate a U4 soccer kids’ camp; packing disaster relief kits for the Mennonite Central Committee as well as helping put together meals for children world wide and patients with tuberculosis or hepatitis; working with assistant coach Madison Hagen to provide toys for refugee children to help ease their transition to the United States; and volunteering at the New Hope Homeless Shelter.

Individual players have participated in service projects such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, volunteering at camps for children with diasbilities and volunteering at the local animal shelters.