Fact Sheet: Sports (Athletes in Action)

In a world consisting of thousands of dialects and cultures, sport is a universal language with the capacity to share a universe-changing message of hope.



Athletes in Action is an international sports organization focused on empowering athletes and coaches to be Christ-centered leaders and influencers on and off the field. Our ultimate goal is to see a Christ-follower on every team, in every sport, in every nation.


1966, by Dave Hannah


Xenia, Ohio


The Super Bowl Breakfast
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.

Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast
Known as one of the most anticipated events 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 from the world of basketball, as well as the presentation of the Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" award.

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. 

Night of Champions
Held annually at Athletes in Action World Headquarters 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.


Athletes in Action Opportunities/Sports Team
More than 800 student athletes and coaches participate in athletic camps, projects, and domestic and international sports tours each year designed to use sport to show people how to know and experience God's love and plan for their lives.

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 60 countries, are trained and equipped for a lifetime of ministry.

Sports Complex and Retreat Center
Housed on the Athletes in Action campus in Xenia, Ohio, the Sports Complex and Retreat includes:

  • A turf sports complex including two soccer fields, a football field, track, two softball fields, a challenge course, a baseball field and stadium
  • The Schindler Banquet Center, with occupancy of 875
  • Browne retreat center and four dormitories that sleep 300

The Complex had 114,000 visitors last year.





Athletes in Action is the sports ministry of Cru, an interdenominational Christian evangelism and discipleship ministry committed to giving people everywhere the opportunity to know and experience God's love and plan for their lives. Cru offers spiritual guidance, resources and programs tailored for people from all cultures in every walk of life. For more information, visit