Amy Smit

Victory Day with Iowa State Athletics receives 2022 Iowa Character Award

DES MOINES (August 4, 2022) – The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University hosted the 2022 Iowa Character Awards on Friday, July 29, at Prairie Meadows Event Center. Twelve Iowa individuals and groups were recognized for their exceptional character, including Victory Day with Iowa State Athletics from Ames.

An Iowa Character Awards primetime special featuring the 2022 award recipients will air on Fox affiliate stations during the following dates and times:

  • Fox 17 (Des Moines) on Tuesday, August 9 from 8-9 p.m.
  • Fox 28 (Cedar Rapids) on Friday, August 12 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Fox 44 (Sioux City) on Saturday, August 13 from 5-6 p.m.

The Iowa Character Awards special will also be posted at

Victory Day with Iowa State Athletics received the Jim Hallihan Pursuing Victory with Honor Award. Iowa State Athletics annually invites 60 children with special needs to experience Iowa State football through their Victory Day event. Members of the football team are paired with kids for a game day experience, complete with a facility tour, Victory Day jersey, and pre-game pep talk by Coach Matt Campbell. As their names are announced, the children run through the tunnel onto the field, cheered on by the marching band and cheer squad. Coaches, players, and ISU students all work to provide a memorable experience to each child and their family.

The Ray Center annually recognizes Iowans who show the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. Since 2005, the organization has recognized more than 150 Iowans for showing good character.

The 2022 Iowa Character Awards are presented by Hy-Vee, FOX 17, Prairie Meadows, Murphy Enterprizes, and Alliant Energy. For a complete list of 2022 Iowa Character Award recipients or to submit a 2023 nomination, visit

The Ray Center helps create strong, vibrant communities that value positive, healthy relationships and respectful behavior. Through public awareness and programming grounded in research, we provide character education


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