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GCU Announces Colangelo School of Sports Business

October 25, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University entered into a partnership Tuesday with one of the most powerful and respected sports executives in the country as it formally announced the creation of a Jerry Colangelo School of Sports Business. The school will be part of the Ken Blanchard College of Business at the University, with its enrollment expected to grow as high as 1,000 students in five years under the direction of Dr. Brian C. Smith, a former basketball player at the University of New Mexico. More than 300 students currently are sports business majors at GCU, which created the major in mid-2010 — the only one of its kind in Arizona.

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Swimmer Ivarsson Puts Heart on the Line for GCU

October 20, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

What is the biggest fear for an athlete? Underachievement? Injury? How about facing a potentially life-threatening condition and believing that you might never again be able to participate in the sport you love? If you want the answer, ask GCU swimmer Johan Ivarsson. In October 2010, his second season with the Antelopes, Ivarsson began to notice something out of the ordinary while in the pool.

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National Anthem Auditions Turn Out the Talented

September 27, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Singing the national anthem before sporting events is a tradition that gained footing during World War II, when baseball stadiums became large-scale displays of patriotism. Today, it is as much a part of those events as the seventh-inning stretch or the halftime show. On Monday night, GCU held open auditions for anthem singers for this year’s men’s and women’s basketball games. With Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister from the KNIX morning show as guest judges, the Arena became a scene out of “American Idol.”

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Despite Injury Setback, Soccer Star Stays Positive

September 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not easy for sports fans to understand what it’s like to be an athlete. Fans are able to understand the joy of a win or the sting of a loss. But how does it feel to be sidelined by an injury, forced to watch the season go by without making an impact? GCU men’s soccer star Kyle Ciliento has experienced that feeling — twice.

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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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