Athletes in Action

Athletes in Action (AIA) is an American sports organization founded in 1966. It is the sports ministry of Cru Ministries, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ.

Athletes In Action
Formation1966 (1966)
FounderDave Hannah
HeadquartersXenia, Ohio, US
Mark Householder
Parent organization


Athletes in Action was started in 1966 by Dave Hannah.[1]


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.[1] This award was created to honor the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community [2] Most recent winners include Thomas Davis, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers [3]

Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast

Held 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 involved in basketball, as well as the presentation of the Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award.[1]

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.[1]

Night of Champions

Held annually at Athletes in Action Campus 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.[1]

Ministry Teams

A sportsperson from the Athletes in Action Holland

Opportunities/Sports T.E.A.M

More than 800 student athletes and coaches participate in athletic camps, projects, and domestic and international sports tours each year designed to use sport as a means for the athletes to promote their faith.[1]

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 90 [4] countries, are trained for long-term ministry work.[1]

Participation in international tournaments

The core of the United States national basketball team that participated at the 1978 FIBA World Championship was composed by players from Athletes in Action.[5] Athletes in Action has also participated at the William Jones Cup, an international basketball tournament held in Taiwan which featured both national teams and club sides. The Eastern Unit of the AIA won the 1977 edition besting second placers, the Eastern Washington Eagles and third placers Flying Camel of Taiwan.[6] AIA also won the 2006 edition with the Chinese Taipei and Qatar national basketball teams finishing second and third respectively.[7]


  1. "Fact Sheet: Sports (Athletes in Action)." - DeMoss. DeMoss, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. [URL link needed]
  2. "Past Award Winners." Super Bowl Breakfast. Super Bowl Breakfast, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2016.
  3. "Winners." Super Bowl Breakfast -. Super Bowl Breakfast, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. [URL link needed]
  4. "Global Scope." Global. Athletes In Action, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. [URL link needed]
  5. Ramirez, Bert (6 August 2014). "Looking back: Dalipagic, Yugos win 1978 World Championship in Manila (Part II)". Rappler. Retrieved 31 January 2016. The Americans, then represented by the core of the Athletes in Action team in a reflection of the minimal importance the US then placed on the World Championship...
  6. "Eastern Cagers Return Home". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 23 July 1977. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  7. "Previous Winners". The 37th William Jones Cup. SportingPulse. Retrieved 9 March 2016.