Athletes in Action (AIA) is an American sports organization founded in 1966. It is the sports ministry of Cru Ministries, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ.

Athletes In Action
Formation1966 (1966)
FounderDave Hannah
HeadquartersXenia, Ohio, US
Mark Householder
Parent organization



Athletes in Action was started in 1966 by Dave Hannah.[1]

Participation in international tournaments


The core of the United States national basketball team that participated at the 1978 FIBA World Championship was composed by players from Athletes in Action.[2] Athletes in Action has also participated at the William Jones Cup, an international basketball tournament held in Taiwan which featured both national teams and club sides. The Eastern Unit of the AIA won the 1977 edition besting second placers, the Eastern Washington Eagles and third placers Flying Camel of Taiwan.[3] AIA also won the 2006 edition with the Chinese Taipei and Qatar national basketball teams finishing second and third respectively.[4]


  1. ^ "Fact Sheet: Sports (Athletes in Action)." - DeMoss. DeMoss, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. [URL link needed]
  2. ^ Ramirez, Bert (6 August 2014). "Looking back: Dalipagic, Yugos win 1978 World Championship in Manila (Part II)". Rappler. Retrieved 31 January 2016. The Americans, then represented by the core of the Athletes in Action team in a reflection of the minimal importance the US then placed on the World Championship...
  3. ^ "Eastern Cagers Return Home". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 23 July 1977. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Previous Winners". The 37th William Jones Cup. SportingPulse. Retrieved 9 March 2016.