Speakers and Entertainment
2014 Winter Olympian Johnny Quinn is a four-time member of the U.S. Bobsled Team, having competed on the four-man team. He is a former professional football wide receiver who spent time with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers and the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was a two-sport athlete (football and track) at the University of North Texas and left as the school’s all-time leading receiver. In 2011, he was inducted into the UNT Hall of Fame as a first-ballot candidate. In 2013, he was selected as 1 of 2 receivers for the UNT All-Century Team. Quinn is the founder and president of The Athlete Watch, a proactive leadership course in college recruiting for student-athletes, parents, coaches, and counselors.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Terrell Watson began his football career at a young age. After playing two seasons of varsity football at Oxnard High School, Watson set his sights on bigger things and enrolled at APU in 2011. As a freshman, Watson scored a touchdown in each of the last six games of the season, equaling four consecutive weeks with multiple touchdowns. His sophomore year, Watson started as running back in all 11 games and was ranked second in the GNAC conference in yards per game. As a junior psychology major, Watson hopes to continue his career on the police force upon graduation.
Victor Santa Cruz
Victor Santa Cruz has been involved in education and youth work for more than eight years. In that time, he has drawn from his extensive work experience in private business, full-time ministry, and coaching. Santa Cruz is an accomplished public speaker, founding the motivational outreach program Vision 4 Victory in 1997. V4V is a half-hour junior high and high school speaking program that has served private and public schools in California, Arizona, and Hawaii. Now in his 14th year of coaching football, his ability to communicate has enhanced his on-field teaching duties. Since arriving at APU in 2001, he has served in the roles of head football coach and offensive and defensive coordinator. In addition, his coaching duties include the job of strength and conditioning coach. Santa Cruz has been instrumental in developing the strength and conditioning curriculum for the football program, which has decreased joint injuries by 20 percent.
Transparent, an international hip hop artist, recently won the 2013 BET Music Matters Showcase in Los Angeles with his new single, “One Way.” He’s the program director for Tony Stewart’s (Oakland Raiders) organization, Beyond the Locker, and he performed his rap anthem “The Greatest” live in front of 11,000 spectators at Oakland’s Oracle Arena and the millions watching on SHOWTIME as super middleweight boxing champion Andre Ward made his way to the ring. Transparent’s newly released, nationally acclaimed street album is titled D.O.P.E. (Dominating On Purpose Everyday). Three songs from this album have been featured on ESPN, and his single “One Way” has created a lot of buzz after being played on radio stations across the country.
A college band that began in a dorm room at Point Loma Nazarene University, Urban Rescue (meaning “to set free the city-life”) continues their mission to write and produce music for the local community and the world. Based in Los Angeles, the heart of the band is reflected in their songs: honest, authentic, and passionate. The band’s first full-length album, Listen Empty, is a personal dialogue between creation and Creator, exploring faith amidst heartache, pain, and even doubt. Listen Empty reached the ninth spot on iTunes Gospel and Christian charts worldwide. Front man Jordan Frye said, “We want to continue the legacy of those artists who have gone before us in worship music as leaders in the ways people relate to God and the world around us. Music is huge part of our culture but our mission is deeply rooted in the Gospel, to build a bridge between broken people and the loving heart of God.”