Azusa, Calif.—Think about the celebrities currently dominating news headlines, and why they are in the news. What does this behavior say to today’s youth? In an effort to highlight positive role models, Azusa Pacific University hosts the 27th annual Night of Champions, Sat., March 19, 2–8 p.m., bringing together approximately 4,000 Southern California teens, parents, pastors, coaches, and friends for a day of entertainment and inspiration.
This year’s featured speaker is Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson played a significant role in Super Bowl XLV, with 9 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown, helping propel the Packers to their first Super Bowl championship in 15 years. Nelson will enter his fourth professional season when the NFL kicks off in 2011.
Also speaking this year is Jake Olson, 12 year-old USC fan, who had his left eye removed when he was only 1 year old due to retinal blasphoma. In September, he learned that his cancer had spread to his other eye. He will speak about his journey, including his relationship with the USC Trojan family, who have helped him endure his battle.
Entertainment includes a performance by The Katrinas, a contemporary Christian music group of five Samoan brothers. They use music as a universal language to transcend culture, generations, and social and economic classes. Also, Bob Holmes, will perform a one man volleyball team exhibition and use his platform as a powerful motivational speaker to encourage students to “stand alone.”
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/.