About 2,300 junior high and high school students attended Night of Champions on Saturday, March 18. The event, sponsored by APU and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, began at 4 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m., featuring a classic car show, bounce houses games, a freestyle motocross show, In-N-Out, musical guests, and famous speakers.
APU students, staff, and others volunteered to help for this night of ministry. “What a great opportunity to serve the community,” said Rob Langley ’97, NOC volunteer.
Riders 4 Christ, a ministry group of four freestyle motocross riders, demonstrated their skills for the students, jumping off a 15-foot ramp and clearing 65 feet of the parking lot while performing daring release moves. “The students loved it,” said Director of NOC Mike Barnett.
Students also enjoyed playing on the five bounce house games, including a giant slide and an obstacle course. Each student also received a T-shirt, a Bible, and dinner, all provided by In-N-Out Burger. “We could not do this ministry without In-N-Out,” said Barnett.
The indoor portion of NOC was held in the Felix Event Center and began at 6 p.m. The more than 3,000 people inside for the program included students, parents, and volunteers. Christian music artists Olivia the Band and Solix played before the three speakers presented.
Each year the speakers for NOC are the main attraction, touching the lives of the students who attend. This year the speakers were professional surfer Damien Hobgood, professional skateboarder Christian Hosoi, and Jimmie McGuire, member of Riders 4 Christ.
Toward the end of the night, Campus Pastor Woody Morwood gave an invitation for students to accept Jesus Christ as their savior. This year, 250 students made that decision, and 800 others rededicated their lives.
“What an amazing night,” said Barnett. “God was so in control of the night from start to finish.”