The new Valpo Crusader of Character is simultaneously historical and progressive. The new Crusader has elements found in the Valpo Uhlan of the 1930s and 1940s, while at the same time wielding the Shield of Character. The grill, intentionally covering the face, creates a more inclusive possibility of the man or woman behind the helmet.
Another option includes the full name of Valparaiso University. It's important to note that when using the name Valparaiso in full, the word University must also be used as sub-text. The use of the Collegiate font and the Valpo Crusader is restricted to athletics only.
The depiction and wielding of the Valpo Shield in the athletics setting signifies the Crusader as a defender of ideals and values shared by the University community.