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  • Apr 29, 2016

    Journey to Mexico

    Football - Mexico

    We’ve been blessed to call Mexico – specifically Puebla – our summer home for the past two years. After working with two incredible football programs – Tec de Monterrey and UDLAP – and partnering with AFCAM during their coaches convention, we have decided to return – albeit in a different capacity.

     AIA Football has assembled a football team and coaching staff that will represent the United States in the World University Championships held in Monterey, Mexico.

    We’ll begin our journey in Xenia, OH at AIA’s headquarters for training camp on May 25 and leave on June 1 for Mexico.

    It’s being billed as a mission trip disguised as a football tournament and will feature players and coaches from across the US.

    Head coach Kirk Talley said it will be an honor to compete against the world and .

    “We look forward to representing the USA and Jesus Christ to the best of our abilities,” he said. “It will be an exciting journey, one that will bring memories for a lifetime.”

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  • Apr 27, 2016

    Meet Some of Our Hitters

    Volleyball - Thailand

    Aspen Healy - Oklahoma City, OK

    Aspen played Right Side/Middle at Oklahoma City University where she majored in Biomedical Science. She now works at The Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

    "I am so excited to experience this with girls who have the same two passions that I have. I am also excited to get to grow in my faith by sharing Jesus with people who haven't had much of an exposure to Him."

    Hobbies: She says besides volleyball, her hobby would have to be figuring out a hobby that isn't volleyball.....

    Cailyn Prewitt - Roseville, CA

    Cailyn, just finished her final season playing as an Outside/Right Side at Stetson University. She is double majoring in Accounting and Finance.

    "I decided to come on this trip because I felt that it would be an incredible opportunity to use my God-given talents to further His Kingdom. I knew that I may never get another opportunity like this, and that God has called me to disciple and spread His love and His Word to those we come into contact with. I want to take advantage of any chance I can get to travel and serve, which are huge passions of mine!"

    Hobbies: Yoga, painting, hiking and doing anything outdoors!

    -Your AIA Volleyball Staff Team

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  • Apr 26, 2016

    Coaches Tour begins in 2 weeks!

    Basketball, Coaches - Guatemala

    We are two weeks away from the launch of our AIA Basketball Coaches tour.  Adam Kjorvestad, Ed Young, Brad Newsome, and Austin Womack will travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala from May 9 - 17th to serve the basketball coaches of Guatemala with a five day coaches clinic.  We are excited about this opportunity to serve these coaches and to reach out with God's love to the people of Guatemala.  

    Meet the team:

    Coach Ed:  Young brings over 40 years of basketball coaching experience to the clinic. He played college basketball for the College Hall of Fame coach Gene Bartow at Valparaiso University in the USA. Upon graduation, Ed joined Coach Bartow at Memphis State University as an assistant coach. Following a successful time as an assistant coach, he chose to become a high school boys coach in Chicago, Illinois. For 32 years Coach Young built a reputation as one of the great teachers of basketball in the Chicago land area. In addition to being influenced by Coach Bartow, Ed studied basketball philosophy under legendary coaches John Wooden, UCLA and Bob Knight, Indiana. After retiring from high school coaching, Ed traveled with Athletes In Action to Ecuador, Trinidad, Yucatan, Mexico (4 times) and Puerto Rico,  coaching, teaching and conducting clinics.  He resides in Winston Salem, NC with his wife Karen.  

    Coach Austin Womack: In 2014 I graduated from Hendrix College with a BS in Kinesiology. At Hendrix, I was a four year member of the baseball team. I'm currently enrolled in the graduate program at Pittsburg State University, where I will graduate with a MS in Human Performance. I am a Performance Coach at Godspeed Elite Sports Academy, located in Hoover, Alabama. At Godspeed, I work with a variety of athletes from youth to professional. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and I have been a speaker at multiple NSCA conferences.

    Coach Adam Kjorvestad: Adam has been on staff with Athletes in Action since 1997.  He led the international basketball department for AIA for 10 years and now offers global leadership to the 10 sports that AIA is involved with.  He's been to approximately 35 countries including living in Bolivia for 13 months.  He's worked with countless athletes and coaches helping them grow athletically, emotionally, and spiritually.  From 2006 - 2008 he helped serve the USA Men's and Women's Senior National teams as a chaplain.  He's a graduate of the University of Nevada.  He's married to Joyce for 16 years.  They have 2 daughters Sara (12 years old) and Morgan (11 years old).  They reside in Lebanon, OH. 

    Coach Brad Newsome:  Brad has coached high school basketball in Southwest Ohio for nearly 20 years.  Currently he's the head coach at Xenia Christian High School in Xenia, OH where he resides.  

    - Adam

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