AIA is developing a new 100,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose indoor training facility on the campus of our world headquarters in Xenia, Ohio. The Wooden Family Fieldhouse will be named in honor of John Wooden, the legendary college basketball coach. Before he died in 2010, Wooden gave permission for AIA to use his namesake for the new center, and the entryway will include a tribute to the former UCLA basketball coach.
The heart of the fieldhouse is a 40,000 sq.ft. multi-court center for indoor court sports with an indoor team building/adventure course, regulation synthetic turf field, sports performance center, multi-purpose wrestling/training rooms, fitness facilities, team locker/meeting areas, cafe, and conference center. The center will have dedicated space for a variety of activities, including four basketball courts, batting cages, high-rope climbing walls and an indoor field for soccer, flag football and off-season activities for other sports.
Our vision statement which drives us is to see a day where there will be a Christ follower on every team, in every sport, in every nation. Historically we bring in 100,000 unique visitors to the campus each year. Research indicates the new center will triple or quadruple the number of visitors each year according to Eric Nelson, AIA VP of Catalytic Ministries.
AIA has hosted teams and athletes from other countries who stay at the campus and train. Nelson expects the international reach will increase with the new indoor facility. “It’s more than a building. It’s a place where people get the right things to be the best version of who they are,” Nelson says. It’s a place where we can continue to win people to Christ, build them in their relationships with Him, and send them out to reach the world.
Canadian NFL/CFL hopeful Tommy Roadley Trohatos recently trained with AIA at our headquarters in Xenia where he gave his life to Jesus. In his words: “AIA is like a family. It’s really personal relationships, and after that it’s the training part. I chose to train with AIA because … AIA is set apart by their training and leadership/mentorship programs. I thank God for bringing me here. I wanted to grow as a person, and I’ve always wanted to explore my relationship with God. I chose to follow God, and being here helped me grow closer with Him. I want to be someone who inspires others to believe in God.”
Through your prayer and financial support, you are helping us to send new Christ-centered laborers to serve in the harvest field. Thank you!