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  • Suitin' Up for Men's Fall Tour 2016

    Section: Basketball

    Teams2016: Basketball - Fall Tour

    Basketball - Fall Tour

    It's almost here! The Men's Fall Tour will be here before we know it, and we are getting excited! Please pray with us as we continue to prepare for this awesome opportunity.

    Our Men's Fall Tour mainly focuses on helping players develop and strengthen their faith, but it also prepares them to thrive overseas, on and off the court. We see a day when there is a Christ follower on every team, in every sport, in every nation so that is what we are chasing after. We are equipping these men as they have the potential to be that Christ follower in a different nation using the sport of basketball to point their teammates to Christ.

    Over the past 15 years, over 120 players have participated in this unique program. They have gained the necessary skills as well as a healthy perspective on playing basketball in a foreign country. Starting October 1st, we will have a team of 12-14 guys diving into an extensive training period followed by a 14-16 game exhibition schedule that will all last a total of 6 weeks. The experience will provide growth opportunities on and off the court, fresh game film, a resume addition, and relational connections that will last long after playing is over.

    Coach Combs will be recruiting players at the Erie Bayhawks tryout on September 18th as well as at the Aussie Basketball Combine from September 24-25 in Houston and September 28-29 in Indy. The roster will be coming soon! Follow us to stay updated and pray with us along the way. We believe God will do some amazing things.

     ~ Kim for the Team

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  • Faithfulness Comes Before Fruit

    Section: Olympics

    Teams2016: Olympics - AIA in Rio

    For years, one of our staff members has been a faithful chaplain to the national team and many of the nation’s top players. But this year, he was unable to go to the Olympics due to being given very limited amount of access to the team.

    Although disappointing at first, God used this situation to allow assistant coach Monty Williams to take over the team Bible study. As a result, Williams was able to mature spiritually and other members of the team were exposed to God’s Word because of the seeds that had been sown over the years by our staff prior to this summer. You can read the written story here:

    -Joel from Team AIA

  • 'Throwback Thursday AIA staff and Olympic champion

    Section: Wrestling

    Teams2016: Wrestling - Teams



    John Peterson and his brother Ben grew up in tiny Comstock, Wisconsin. John started wrestling at a young age and he grew in his relationship with God through high school and college. John had high goals in his life and was often tempted to make wrestling his god. Gaining significance from wrestling became very important to him. He wanted to be a state champion, then in college, a national champion. Failing at both those was devastating to him. Putting the wrong kind of pressure on himself, made it harder for him to succeed. 

    God used those defeats in Johns life to show him that he needed to purse excellence in sport as a way to bring glory to God. Colossians 3:23 was an important verse in his life, in it Paul writes "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men."

    God created us to honor Him. When we seek to get pats on the back from what we accomplish, we put undue pressure on ourselves. God didn't create us to have that kind of pressure. He created us to use our talents and abilities for His glory, not our own.

    John later won the silver medal in the 1972 Olympics as his brother Ben won gold. Then in 1976 John won a gold medal in the Olympics and his brother Ben won silver. John and Ben are one of the few American wrestlers ever to make two Olympic finals! John has been on Athletes in Action staff over 40 years. Currently he works with wrestlers at four colleges doing Bible studies and travels overseas in the summers on our AIA wrestling teams. John says "Today my greatest joy is talking with athletes and coaches about how they too can have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus"  

    Watch below to see high lights of John and Ben in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

    Thanks to Nancy Peterson, John's wife for the video, and FCA for documenting some of the aboveint their FCA Wrestling New Testament.

    ~~Rob for AIA Wrestling


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