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‘Amazing building’: CAC wows basketball campers

June 12, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Activities Complex is as huge as an airport hanger — for hoopsters who want to fly. It’s the first summer as home to Grand Canyon University’s eight basketball camps.
Earlier this month, when 160 kids entered the CAC to see 10 full basketball courts in the new, 136,000-square-foot facility, their jaws dropped. Parents were impressed, too.
“This building is amazing,” said Fabian Spencer, of Ahwatukee. “When we walked into this building, we said you don’t see this too often, maybe in California.”

The 160 athletes, ages 6-14, warmed up with jumping jacks and running drills, right after GCU assistant basketball coach Chris Crevelone provided inspiration: “Get better today. Get better tomorrow. Then you will reach your goals.”

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Building momentum: GCU’s top stories of 2018-19

May 31, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s first academic year in its return to nonprofit status was filled with so many important stories, picking just 10 was a challenging exercise for the GCU Today staff. Here’s how we voted, with links to the many stories that are worth revisiting.

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GCU basketball camps ready to jump into action

May 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

There are three chances for kids ages 6-14 to attend a GCU Men’s Basketball Camp in June. GCU employees receive a $25 discount for the June 3-6, June 17-20 and June 24-27 camps — the first two will be on campus, and the late June camp is tentatively scheduled for Mesa Community College. Lopes head coach Dan Majerle, his staff and his current and former players lead camp instruction. There are also two team camps, May 31-June 1 and June 13-15, for high school teams.

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GCU’s Overwatch team eyes top spot at ESPN event

May 10, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Varsity Overwatch Team never expected to topple one of the top-seeded teams in their esports Tespa league, but that’s exactly what the team did, beating No. 2-ranked University of California at Irvine. Now the team, which ESPN calls the underdogs of the Overwatch games in the midst of a “Cinderella run,” is in Houston playing in the most high-profile tournament ever for GCU esports, the ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship.

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Far, far away, GCU sports have alum’s attention

March 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Mark Rosewaren won’t be on campus for homecoming Saturday, but he’ll be there in spirit — even though he’s on Air Force duty in Afghanistan. But what makes his story interesting is his reaction after receiving some serious GCU swag.

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Cactus League Luncheon at GCU Arena is a hit

February 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Hosting the 2019 Cactus League Luncheon on Tuesday was a big step in GCU’s relationship with Major League Baseball. Not only are more and more GCU students working for teams that hold spring training in Arizona; the University is looking for other ways to build the relationship. “I cannot stress enough that this truly is a result of a partnership, and it’s just starting to foster great working relationships,” said Bridget Binsbacher, Director of Operations for the Cactus League.

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Baseball, Brazell family are still in perfect pitch

February 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The “reopening” of Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark meant a lot to the Brazell family. It came not even four months after Dr. Dave Brazell, namesake of the carefully preserved field, passed away, and that made it an emotional night for his wife, Dr. Mildred Brazell. “I’m not sure I can talk — I’ll start crying,” she said.

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Slideshow: Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark ‘reopening’

February 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by David Kadlubowski GCU News Bureau The “grand reopening” of Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark on Friday night drew a record crowd of 4,562 despite less than ideal weather. The big gathering was treated to pregame festivities with the customary GCU hospitality and opening ceremonies that included Arizona Sen. Martha McSally singing “God Bless America.”   

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Colangelo sculpture unveiled on GCU campus

February 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Arena has a stately new feature right outside its doors. The Jerry Colangelo sculpture was unveiled Saturday, but the man who has had such a positive influence on the state — and on GCU — was far more concerned about whether it “can serve as some kind of inspiration for the students here, that anything is possible in life.” GCU Today has the details on how the sculpture came to be.

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Men’s soccer and Future for KIDS: a win-win

February 04, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman wanted one thing for youth attending Saturday’s Future for KIDS soccer camp: To have fun. But he also encouraged them to exhibit good sportsmanship, practice, work hard and to value their education, much like the soccer players who conducted the camp do. More than 160 youth, ages 7 to 12, attended the event, which marked the first time GCU men’s soccer has hosted a camp with Future for KIDS, a mentorship program that emphasizes education, ethics and athletics.

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