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GCU throws a Purple Party for Paul’s Car Wash

October 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Usually, GCU’s basketball and Spirit Team head to Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix to wash a few cars at Paul’s Car Wash. For 13 years, the weeklong fundraiser has raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. But this year, with the event going virtual, CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton came to GCU instead to accept a donation for the organization. It was a visit with plenty of fanfare. “We’re just trying to re-create that Purple Pre-Game Party,” said Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo, who added how GCU’s relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters is expanding this year.

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Early move-out heads top GCU stories of 2019-20

May 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

A lot happened at GCU near the end of the 2019-20 academic year, but nothing could come close to the significance of COVID-19 forcing students off campus in March. Athletics also felt the brunt of the pandemic with the WAC Basketball Tournament and spring sports being canceled, but the hirings of new basketball coaches Bryce Drew and Molly Miller made for a promising future.

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Dance team adds jazz title to national successes

February 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team is becoming a national powerhouse. Last weekend in Anaheim, Calif., the team won the difficult Jazz category, which requires artistry and athleticism, at the USA Collegiate Championships. The team also took home the Game Day title after winning that competition at the Universal Dance Association College Dance Team Nationals last month.

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Dance team takes GCU fire to national win

January 24, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team has a good way to prepare when going into a big national dance competition, like the one in Orlando last weekend. They visualize being in front of the frenzied crowd at GCU Arena. It worked. They won first place for the second consecutive year.

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The most heartwarming GCU stories of 2019

December 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Every year, we get a few heartwarming stories that make you shake your head when you realize what people do to make the world a better place for their families and their communities. GCU Today picked 10 from the last year that stood out in our minds. Here’s an opportunity to catch up on the ones you missed … or maybe enjoy them again.

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Feather in GCU baseball’s cap: Turkeys for food bank

November 25, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU baseball players didn’t hesitate delaying their trips home for the holidays so they could help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance on Super Saturday. The team spent six hours at the Moon Valley Safeway collecting turkeys, nonperishable food and cash donations for the nonprofit organization, which expects more than 12,000 families to stop by today, Tuesday and Wednesday to pick up turkeys and other Thanksgiving meal items. “I could have left Thursday. But I had this; this is important,” said pitcher Cole Hoskins, who was planning to hit the road after his volunteer shift for a five-hour drive back home to Anaheim, Calif., for the holiday. The team collected more than $2,080 and 81 turkeys for SMFBA.

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GCU cooks up support for Phoenix Food Day

October 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Two years ago, the Cartwright Community Garden, which sits adjacent to Bret R. Tarver Elementary School and Marc T. Atkinson Middle School, was just an empty lot where a fire destroyed plans for a garden — and destroyed a mobile garden dubbed Gus the Garden Bus. Phoenix Fire Captain Austin Moreland, a GCU alum and former baseball player, couldn’t just let those plans fall by the wayside and enlisted the help of the community to restore the garden and create a new Gus the Garden Bus. The memorial garden was the site Saturday for the city of Phoenix’s Food Day and the Junior League of Phoenix’s Healthfest. GCU was there, with Canyon 49 Executive Sous Chef Michael Willison and members of the men’s baseball team, Milwaukee Brewers and the Learning Lounge to help inspire people to change the way they look at food.

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Paul’s Car Wash is team effort, and everyone wins

October 25, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU men’s and women’s basketball teams, Cheer team, Thundering Heard Pep Band and Thunder had a ball Thursday on their annual trip to Paul’s Car Wash, the north Phoenix event that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. For the basketball players, it was a rare opportunity to turn those teams into one. “It’s pretty fun to be together as a whole family,” sophomore guard Mariah Mitchell said.

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Lope-A-Palooza was ‘so good, so good’

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Lope-a-Palooza was “hyped,” in the words of one freshman. That’s a good thing. The Friday night GCU Arena event was full of music and excitement, produced by GCU Spirit Programs for the benefit of new students who want to learn what all the buzz is about, and how to sing the school song. “Each year, this event just gets better and better — this year was no exception,” said Jacque Genung-Koch, Dance Team Head Coach.

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Love knows no boundaries on mission trips

August 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

God’s love can be found anywhere, despite things like language barriers and difficult sites, that was the take away from multiple mission trips GCU students went on this summer. Students traveled all over the world to help serve and share their love for the lord with communities in need. “God is the same everywhere, and He doesn’t change whether you’re in the United States or in different countries,” junior Karli Burns said about her mission trip to Costa Rica. “It was worth it because it just showed me how much God’s love is universal.”

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