AZUSA, Calif. – Azusa Pacific University hosts the 29th annual Night of Champions on Sat., March 16, from 2–9 p.m. on West Campus, located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. The event brings together more than 2,000 Southern California teens, parents, pastors, coaches, and athletes for a day of entertainment and inspiration. It is designed to share the Christian message with junior high and high schoolers, using celebrity athletes, entertainers, and musicians.
Night of Champions features challenging team competitions, an In-N-Out Burger dinner, live concerts by Christian musicians, exhibitions by professional Christian athletes, and celebrity Christian speakers. This year’s theme is “No Fear,” which encourages participants to act without hesitation and fear because they have God to help them.
This year’s featured speaker is Mallory Weggemann, a 2012 gold-winning Paralympian. Weggemann currently holds 16 World Records, 34 American Records, and numerous awards highlighting her achievements. She was the 2009–2011 USA Disabled Swimmer of the Year, and the 2011 ESPY winner for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Entertainment includes Christian musical group By The Tree and 2009 Guinness World Records holder Jon Pritikin, who will combine attention-grabbing feats of strength with a message of overcoming incredible challenges.
Night of Champions is a joint effort by APU and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide youth with an exciting, positive program that presents successful role models and the Christian message.
Founded in 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the largest interdenominational, youth-oriented Christian sports ministry in America. Dedicated to building real relationships that demonstrate integrity, service, teamwork, and excellence, this association presents to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of the Christian life.
Night of Champions Schedule:
- 2 p.m. Gates open
- 2–5:45 p.m. Outdoor program
- 5:45–6 p.m. Felix Event Center doors open
- 6–7:45 p.m. Indoor program
- 8–9 p.m. Afterglow: Autographs and pictures with the artists, entertainers, and speakers