APU and Community Welcome Home Olympic Champion Bryan Clay

by Randi Van Wyk '09

On September 20, Azusa Pacific and the cities of Azusa and Glendora welcomed home the world's greatest athlete. Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay ‘03 was honored with his family during halftime at APU's football game against Wisconsin-La Crosse. The event brought together Azusa Mayor Joseph Rocha, Glendora Mayor Karen Davis, and city council members.

"Remember to savor this moment when we can say we were there with Bryan Clay and the councils of two great cities," said Mayor Rocha. Clay continues to train in Azusa, at the university's track, where he first began his decathlon pursuits.

On behalf of the city of Azusa, Mayor Rocha presented Clay with an official city plaque and honored him for his successes as an athlete. Rocha also commended the importance of Clay's priorities of faith and family.

The city of Glendora also honored Clay, who resides in Glendora with his wife and children, by declaring September 20 as Bryan Clay Day in recognition of his accomplishments as an athlete. A plaque will be placed in front of Glendora City Hall in honor of their local hero.

"Thank you for choosing Glendora in which to live, work, and play," said Mayor Davis.

In turn, Clay thanked the community by signing posters and trading cards during the second half of the game. Fans of all ages celebrated the hometown hero, excited to see his return.