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APU Hosts Annual Night of Champions

by Brittany Robinson '08

Nearly 2,000 Southern California teenagers and their parents, friends, pastors, coaches, and teachers gathered at APU for the 23rd annual Night of Champions, hosted by Azusa Pacific University and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The event took place on Saturday, March 29, from 4-8 p.m. Night of Champions is an annual one-night ministry that reaches out to Southern California youth by creating a fun and welcoming environment.

The event consisted of several outdoor and indoor activities, including a video game truck, musical performances, skate boarding, and the all time favorite ― a dinner hosted by In-N-Out.
 
In addition, participants enjoyed an obstacle course hosted by SevnOne, an action sports camp for youth, in addition to a basketball shootout, and classic car show with more than 70 cars. “I participate in Night of Champions because it is a good witness tool,” said George Mocabee, owner of one the cars. “The car show breaks a barrier between us and the students and gets them talking. I can find out where people are spiritually.”
 
During the indoor activities, guests heard from Christian singer/songwriter Phil Wickham, and motocross champion Andrew Short with Honda Racing made a video appearance.
 
“We come every year because it is our church’s tradition. We always bring visitors so they can hear about Jesus. This is a really special night for us because we are seniors,” said Wendy, Katie, and Josh, students from Moreno Valley.
 
The Fellowship of Christian Athletics was founded in 1954 and is the largest inter-denominational, youth-oriented Christian sports ministry in America for junior high to high school students.