NewsCougars to Host Athletes in Action in Exhibition Game
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team will host Athletes in Action on Tuesday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in an exhibition game as the Cougars make preparations for the 2006-2007 hoops season.
AIA teams are made up of former college and professional players who travel throughout the country and around the world playing college, club, and professional teams and sharing their testimonies. The mission of AIA is to use the platform of sports as a way to spread the Gospel.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our team and our university,” said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "This has become an annual event that we look forward to each year.”
"This is a great challenge for us,” Flemming added. "We play this game for two reasons. First, it is beneficial for us to play such a talented team in a game-like setting before our real season begins. Secondly, I appreciate the Christian ministry that AIA has to my team and to all those who attend the game. They play sports for the right reason.”
Admission to the game will be $1.00 for students and $2.00 for adults. All proceeds from the event will go directly to AIA to help with their ministry.
MVNU, which went 27-9 last year for its ninth 20-win season in the past 10 years and advanced to the Elite Eight at the NAIA Division II national tournament, will also travel to Western Michigan University for another exhibition game on November 4 at 12:30 p.m. The Cougars will open the regular season at Ohio State University-Marion on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.