Athletes in Action

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Athletes In Action
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Formation1966 (1966)
FounderDave Hannah
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Xenia, Ohio
Mark Householder
Parent organization

Athletes in Action (AIA) is a sports organization based in Xenia, Ohio in the United States. It was founded in 1966 by Dave Hannah. It is the sports ministry of Cru Ministries, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ.

Xenia, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Xenia is a city in and the county seat of Greene County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in southwestern Ohio 15 miles (24 km) from Dayton and is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the Miami Valley region. The name comes from the Greek word Xenia (ξενία), which means "hospitality".

Ohio State of the United States of America

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus.

Cru (Christian organization) organization

Cru is an interdenominational Christian parachurch organization for college and university students. It was founded in 1951 at the University of California, Los Angeles by Bill Bright and Vonette Zachary Bright. Since then, Cru has expanded its focus to include adult professionals, athletes, and high school students. In 2011, Cru had 25,000 missionaries in 191 countries.



Athletes in Action was started in 1966 by Dave Hannah. [1]


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Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast

Held during the NCAA Men's Final Four weekend, the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast is hosted annually by Athletes in Action. The event features speakers and special guests involved in basketball, as well as the presentation of the Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award. [1]

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All-Star Breakfast

Held annually during the week of the NBA All-Star Game, this all-star event gives attendees the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with professional coaches and players. The breakfast features NBA greats and honors athletes for exemplary leadership, character, and integrity. [1]

Night of Champions

Held annually at Athletes in Action Campus in Xenia, Ohio, the Night of Champions includes inductions into the Athletes in Action "Hall of Faith," an elite honor given to athletes or coaches who display exemplary character in the game, in their families, and in the community. [1]

Ministry Teams

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A sportsperson from the Athletes in Action Holland

Opportunities/Sports T.E.A.M

More than 800 student athletes and coaches participate in athletic camps, projects, and domestic and international sports tours each year designed to use sport as a means for the athletes to promote their faith. [1]

Pro, Campus and International Ministries

Through worldwide evangelistic strategies and mentoring, athletes and coaches on more than 200 college campuses, and thousands professional and international athletes, coaches, and sport administrators in more than 90 [4] countries, are trained for long-term ministry work. [1]

Total Athlete Complex

Housed on the Athletes in Action campus in Xenia, Ohio, the Total Athlete Complex includes:

A turf sports complex including two soccer fields, a football field, track, two softball fields, a challenge course, a baseball field and stadium Schindler Banquet Center, with occupancy of 875 Browne retreat center and four dormitories that sleep 300 More than 70,000 visitors annually visit the Complex.

Participation in international tournaments

The core of the United States national basketball team that participated at the 1978 FIBA World Championship was composed by players from Athletes in Action. [5] Athletes in Action has also participated at the William Jones Cup, an international basketball tournament held in Taiwan which featured both national teams and club sides. The Eastern Unit of the AIA won the 1977 edition besting second placers, the Eastern Washington Eagles and third placers Flying Camel of Taiwan. [6] AIA also won the 2006 edition with the Chinese Taipei and Qatar national basketball teams finishing second and third respectively. [7]

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