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Meet Hap Hopper, GCU’s Chairman of the Boards

September 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Basketball fans know Hap Hopper by his work. “If you’ve seen the boards at the US Airways Center during a Suns game, you’ve seen Hap,” says Cathey Moses, vice president of event planning and marketing at GCU. As GCU’s new digital systems director, Hopper is the one responsible for everything Antelopes fans will see on the high-definition video screens in GCU Arena. The screens were created and installed by Atlanta-based Innovation Sports Marketing.

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Season Begins This Week for Antelope Athletes

August 31, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Here’s a look at the prospects for GCU’s fall sports teams, featuring men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. Visit gculopes.com for schedules, news and features on GCU student-athletes and teams.

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‘Drak’ Driven by Twin Passions of Soccer, GCU

August 31, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

History remembers national championship teams, but rarely does it remember those who fought to reach that goal — and the people they are. Even rarer are those who achieve athletic excellence yet consider the striving more important than the success. GCU’s longtime men’s soccer coach, Petar Draksin, is that kind of person.

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MyGCU: Mitchell Garcia and Melanie Johnston

August 30, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Photographed at the new Prescott Hall, soccer players Mitchell Garcia (senior, sports management) and Melanie Johnston (junior, nursing) prepare to dive into a new season. The women’s team has more than 30 new players. The men, coming off a season that led to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, also have an abundance of fresh faces. “Our eyes are on the Final Four,” Garcia says. “We have the squad to do it.”

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Rec Center Kicks Off New Year in Chaotic Style

August 30, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Can anything good come of chaos? Chuck Howard is certain that it can, and he offers Monday afternoon’s “Fitness Chaos” event as evidence. Dozens of students descended on the Student Recreation Center at the end of the first day of fall classes to take part in an introduction to the facility, staged by Howard and members of his training staff.

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New Mercury Guard Shares Story at GCU Faith and Family Night

August 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Family and Faith Night featured GCU Pastor Tim Griffin’s interview with Spencer, the newest acquisition of the Mercury. And while the basketball Saturday night was exciting, with the game resulting in a thrilling 87-81 come-from-behind win over San Antonio, Spencer’s calm words of faith put a cap to a fun evening.

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Cheer, Dance Make Big Impression at Camp

August 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Congratulations to GCU’s cheer and dance teams, which brought home several awards from last weekend’s UCA/UDA summer camp at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The camp also was attended by Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The dance team took third place, and cheer won the Leadership Award (described as “If you were not a member of your own team, which team would you want to be on?”).

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Rec Center Hosts Tryouts for Suns Dance Team

July 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU was thrown into the NBA spotlight over the weekend as more than 150 dancers descended on the Student Recreation Center, each of them hoping to become a Phoenix Suns Dancer for the 2011-12 season. Because of its partnership with the Suns, GCU was approached about hosting the auditions in the new Arena, but the facility is more than a month from completion. The Rec Center was offered instead, and Kip Helt, the Suns’ vice president of game entertainment, couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

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New Baseball Coach Brings Science, Sport Together

July 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

There’s more to baseball than what meets the batter’s eye, and young students of the game had an opportunity during the week of the All-Star Game to learn from the GCU staff at the Arizona Science Center and on campus.

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GCU Campers Hear Star Wrestler’s Words of Wisdom

June 28, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Anthony Robles, who was born with one leg and went on to become an NCAA champion this year for Arizona State University, visited campus this week to offer encouraging words about overcoming obstacles and sharpening focus in life.

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