Hall of Famer David Thompson to Visit Gardner-Webb

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Basketball Legend to Speak at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Event

By Brooke Kelly, GWU Communications Intern

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Gardner-Webb University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is proud to host Basketball Hall of Fame member David Thompson as guest speaker for its annual “Fields of Faith” outreach event.  Led by students, Fields of Faith engages youth groups from the local community in a worship service.  Set for Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in Paul Porter Arena, located inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (LYCC), the event is free and open to the public.

Thompson, a Shelby native, played basketball at Crest High School and continued his career at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, N.C.) from 1972 to 1975.  During his time at N.C. State, he became an NCAA champion, two-time College National Player of the Year winner, and three-time ACC Player of the Year honoree.  He was the first overall pick in the 1975 National Basketball Association draft and became one of the highest paid athletes of his time.  Thompson plans to share his testimony at the event.

“FCA is really happy to have David Thompson as our speaker this year for Fields of Faith,” shared Benedikt Henkel, vice president of GWU’s FCA chapter.  “We have a speaker who is well known in this community and in the athletic world.  We hope that the Gardner-Webb student body and the community come together to worship the one true King.”

The mission of FCA is to present to coaches and athletes, and the individuals they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of church.  Fields of Faith is a student-led event where students challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral rally point where a community can come together.

For more information about this Fields of Faith event, contact Henkel at bhenkel@gardner-webb.edu.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).