Huntington University students to staff 'The Main Event'

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University students will staff “The Main Event,” an evangelistic outreach experience hosted by current and former Ohio State University football players.

Approximately 61 students, two faculty and two staff will volunteer for the event on Jan. 28.

Huntington University students will serve as ushers. They will help people to their seats as well as pass out and collect information cards. They may have the opportunity to speak with and or pray with those who make decisions to give their lives to Christ. Students also will input the information from the cards into a computer database so that local churches can follow up with those who make decisions.

Joel Penton, senior defensive tackle for the Buckeyes, and Chris Spielman, former Ohio State standout and 4-time Pro Bowl linebacker, will speak along with other OSU football players. Penton sent a letter to Huntington University in December asking for student volunteers. Huntington and Cedarville University in Ohio were the only colleges from which Penton requested help.

“We are really excited about Huntington University students being involved in ‘The Main Event,’” said Crystal Hippensteel, director of first year students and volunteer services. “It was an honor for our university to be asked out of all the quality Christian universities in the area. I think that speaks well of Huntington and our students. I believe our students will have the chance to see people turn their lives around and will personally have a chance to make a stronger, deeper commitments in their own lives.”

“The Main Event” will be held at Penton’s alma mater, Van Wert (Ohio) High School. The school’s gym holds 2,600 people. A live feed may be set up the nearby middle school to accommodate additional attendees. The gym doors open at 6 p.m., and the event will last an hour and a half.

On Oct. 30, the Buckeyes hosted “The Main Event” at St. John Arena on Ohio State’s campus. More than 12,000 people packed the venue.

 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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