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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 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 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 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.
Founded in 1988, this NFL-sanctioned event is held every year in the host city of the Super Bowl. One of the marquee Super Bowl events, it features speakers and special guests from the NFL, both past and present, and the presentation of the Bart Starr Award.This award was created to honor the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community Most recent winners include Thomas Davis, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers
Bryan Bartlett "Bart" Starr is a former professional American football player and coach. He played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1956 through 1971. Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive league championships (1965–1967). Starr trails only New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for total NFL championships, with five. Starr led his team to victories in the first two Super Bowls: I and II. As the Packers' head coach, he was less successful, compiling a 52–76–3 (.408) record from 1975 through 1983.
Thomas Antonio Davis Sr. is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis played college football for the University of Georgia, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2012, Davis became the first professional athlete to return to play in his top sporting league after three anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, as well as having all three tears in the same knee.
Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time due to his numerous career achievements, he spent 14 seasons with the Colts and was a member of the Denver Broncos in his last four seasons. Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. He is the second son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
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.
The Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award is presented annually to a member of the college or professional basketball community who lives out qualities exemplified by Coach Wooden; outstanding character, integrity, and leadership on the court, in the work place, in the home, and in the community. The award was established in 1998 and was named for legendary head coach John Wooden, who coached at UCLA. Wooden spent 27 years coaching career at UCLA, compiling 620 wins in 767 games. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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 90countries, are trained for long-term ministry work.
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.
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.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. AIA also won the 2006 edition with the Chinese Taipei and Qatar national basketball teams finishing second and third respectively.
The Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). From the merger with the rival American Football League (AFL) in 1970 up through 2013 and since 2017, it is officially called the AFC–NFC Pro Bowl, matching the top players in the American Football Conference (AFC) against those in the National Football Conference (NFC). From 2014 through 2016, the NFL experimented with an unconferenced format, where the teams were selected by two honorary team captains, instead of selecting players from each conference. The players were picked in a televised "schoolyard pick" prior to the game.
The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the mascots of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The University of Arkansas student body voted to change the name of the school mascot in 1910 to the Arkansas Razorbacks after a hard fought battle against LSU in which they were said to play like a "wild band of Razorback hogs" by former coach Hugo Bezdek. The Arkansas Razorbacks are the only major sports team in the US with a porcine nickname, though the Texas A&M–Kingsville Javelinas play in Division II.
Madden NFL is an American football video game series developed by EA Tiburon for EA Sports. It is named after Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and commentator John Madden, and has sold more than 130 million copies, and influenced many players and coaches of the physical sport. Among the game's realistic features are sophisticated playbooks and player statistics, and voice commentary that allows players to hear the game as if it were a real TV broadcast. As of 2013 the franchise has generated over $4 billion in sales.
Lesley Candace Visser is an American sportscaster, television and radio personality, and sportswriter. Visser is the first female NFL analyst on TV, and the only sportscaster in history who has worked on Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships and the U.S. Open network broadcasts. Visser, who was voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of all-time in a poll taken by the American Sportscasters Association, was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame in 2015.
State Farm Stadium, formerly known as University of Phoenix Stadium, is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Glendale, Arizona, west of Phoenix. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) and the annual Fiesta Bowl. It replaced Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium as the Valley of the Sun's main stadium. The stadium is adjacent to the Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes NHL team.
The Kansas Jayhawks, commonly referred to as KU, are the athletic teams that represent the University of Kansas. KU is one of three schools in the state of Kansas that participate in NCAA Division I. The Jayhawks are also a member of the Big 12 Conference. KU athletic teams have won eleven NCAA Division I championships: three in men's basketball, one in men's cross country, three in men's indoor track and field, three in men's outdoor track and field, and one in women's outdoor track and field.
NCAA Football was an American football video game series developed by EA Sports in which players control and compete against current Division I FBS college teams. The series is a younger brother to the Madden NFL series. | Developer: EA Sports | Publisher: Electronic Arts | Platforms: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Wii, iOS
Fork Union Military Academy is a private, all-male, college preparatory military boarding school located in Fork Union, Virginia. Founded in 1898, Fork Union is considered one of the premier military boarding academies in the United States.
Mesa High School is a public high school in Mesa, Arizona, United States. Mesa High School currently accommodates grades 9–12 as part of Mesa Public Schools.
A pre-game, pregame, or pre-match show is a television or radio presentation that occurs immediately before the live broadcast of a major sporting event. Contents may include:
Jack Avon Harbaugh is a former American football player and coach. He is known for being the longtime head coach at Western Kentucky. He is also the father of the first pair of brothers to serve as head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) and the first pair of head coaching brothers to face off in a Super Bowl: John and Jim Harbaugh.
Xenia High School is a public high school in Xenia, Ohio, United States. It is the only high school in the Xenia Community Schools district, where enrollment is over 1,100 students. The Ohio Department of Education has given Xenia High School a rating of "Continuous Improvement" for the 2011-2012 school year; the school met 10 out of 12 state indicators.
Legacy Christian Academy, formerly Xenia Christian School, is a private, non-denominational Christian school in Xenia, Ohio, United States. Legacy Christian includes grades pre-K through 12. Dan Bragg assumed the role of Principal/Superintendent beginning with the 2013–2014 academic year.
The Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award is given annually to a National Football League (NFL) player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community." Nominees are gathered from the public relations directors of each NFL team, the past winners of the Bart Starr Award, the Athletes in Action Pro Staff working with NFL teams, and Bart Starr himself. Ballots are sent to each team and voting takes place at the same time as the Pro Bowl selections. The votes are tabulated and the winner is announced at the annual Super Bowl Breakfast, an NFL-sanctioned event hosted by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. The award, bearing the name of the Pro Football Hall of Famer, honors Starr's lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates, and community.
The Florida Atlantic Owls are the athletics teams of Florida Atlantic University (FAU). The Owls participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I as members of Conference USA. In addition to the current football head coach Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic has attracted high-profile coaches in the past for various sports, including Howard Schnellenberger for football and Mike Jarvis for basketball. Other former coaches include Matt Doherty, Rex Walters, and Sidney Green. As of March 2018, the Owls are led by athletic director Brian White.
Benedictine College Preparatory is a private, Roman Catholic military high school in Goochland, Virginia. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond and is owned and operated by the Benedictine Society of Virginia, part of the American-Cassinese Congregation. Benedictine offers education through a private military institute model, which has long been a traditional form of education for young gentlemen in Virginia. Benedictine's primary focus is on building young men of conscience, discipline, and achievement, and to provide a strong college preparatory academic curriculum.
David Homeyer "Dave" Rowe is a former American football defensive tackle in the NFL and sports commentator.
Evansville, Indiana, USA is the home of three minor league professional, two semi-professional, and one amateur sports team. The city is also the home to two NCAA collegiate teams, and nine high schools that participate in the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Evansville is also the annual host to the Hoosier Nationals, a BMX National Series race sanctioned by the National Bicycle League. The Hoosier Nationals take place on the BMX course at Evansville's Burdette Park.
The Tampa Bay Area is home to many sports teams and has a substantial history of sporting activity. Most of the region's professional sports franchises use the name "Tampa Bay", which is the name of a body of water, not of any city. This is to emphasize that they represent the wider metropolitan area and not a particular municipality.
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