AZUSA, Calif. – Azusa Pacific University will host the 26th annual Night of Champions, March 20, from 2-8 p.m., bringing together approximately 2,000 Southern California teens, their parents, pastors, coaches and friends for one day of entertainment and inspiration.

This year, featured speakers include Southern California native Matt Barkley, a Super Prep All-American in 2008, Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year in 2007, and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore in 2006, who now plays quarterback for the University of Southern California football team. April Holmes, world record holder in the 100m, 200m and 400m as well as a 2008 gold medalist in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, will join as they share how the love of Jesus Christ has impacted their lives with the youth of Southern California.

During the day, Night of Champions participants can spend time in the 40-foot gaming trailer known as The Game Squad, enjoy In-N-Out burgers, listen to live music, visit the Classic Car Show, and more before moving into APU's Felix Event Center at 6 p.m. for the evening program.

Night of Champions is a joint effort by APU and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide youth with an exciting, inspirational program and present successful role models in a time when they are few and far between. APU students come alongside the youth for this special day to answer any questions and provide a positive, caring environment.

Founded in 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the largest inter-denominational, youth-oriented Christian sports ministry in America. Dedicated to building real relationships that demonstrate integrity, service, teamwork, and excellent, this association presents to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of the Christian life.

For more information or a complete schedule, visit www.apu.edu/noc/.