Champions of Character for "Initiative"

Dustin and Erikka Ault, with Lauren Hanna and Gena and Chris Waugh

 Building a Community of Character

Bringing i9Sports to Edmond truly enters into the Character Council of Edmond’s mission to “build Edmond into a Community of Character.” The former owner of i9 Sports, Chris Waugh and current owners, Dustin and Erikka Ault, were honored as Champions of Character for Initiative before Edmond’s City Council during the January meeting.

Waugh said, “I am constantly looking to start new ideas whether in business or with my soccer teams … I believe certain people are called to lead and take charge and sometimes that means leaving your comfort zone to start something new.” He saw the potential for i9 Sports in the Edmond community and opened a franchise in 2012.

The i9 Sports youth program is designed to encourage sportsmanship and character. Each week there is a focus on a different character trait. Like the “Elevate” program that the Edmond Character Council sponsors at Summit and Heartland, the coaches look for a child to honor, who best demonstrates the character trait of the week.

 The Aults bought i9 Sports from Waugh in December 2015. Dustin Ault said, “Since we have been running i9 Sports, I quickly realized when working ‘from home’ you have to have initiative and accountability and Erikka has been a great accountability partner for me and done a great job of pushing me to take more initiative.”     

Adam and Lauren Hanna in their nomination of Waugh and the Aults said, “Their initiative in bringing and expanding a character-based sports program to Edmond is impacting a generation of sports participants … on and off the field.”

On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Chris Waugh and Dustin and Erikka Ault were honored before the Edmond City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of “Initiative”, recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.


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