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Phoenix to celebrate Faith & Family Night
Cumberland University will host Faith and Family Night for its season-opening football game on Thursday, August 25, inviting area youth groups for a free Derek Minor concert as well as testimony from former Tennessee Titan Dave Ball before the Phoenix take on Lindsey Wilson at 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.

With the help of Immanual Baptist Church, Minor will perform a concert beginning at 6 p.m. on the east side (visitor) of the stadium. Area churches will pass out Cumberland Athletics wristbands to youth members of their congregation for free admission to the game. Anyone attending the game may attend the concert for free.

"Darrin Reynolds at Immanuel helped us secure Derek Minor for the pregame concert but wanted to make sure that as many area churches were involved as possible," said Cumberland Director of Athletics Ron Pavan. "This is a terrific way to kickoff our football season, involving the community and our students."

Ball played in 51 games for the Titans from 2008-11, tallying 11 sacks in his final two seasons. He was an All-American at UCLA before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He also played for the New York Jets before landing with the Titans. Ball works with the Nashville Coaching Coalition and is hosting a clinic for high school and college coaches later this month.

Wilson County Fellowship of Christian Athletics Director Tim Bryant will serve as MC for the event, with the Lebanon Chick-fil-A also serving as a sponsor, giving away free meals for the church group with the highest percentage of youth in attendance as well as taking part in a halftime kicking contests for youth ministers.

Minor is an American Christian hip hop artist and record producer as well as a founding member of the hip-hop group R.M.G. on Reflection, which debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes Gospel chart and No. 8 on Billboard Gospel while also topping other mainstream and Gospel charts.

Tickets for the game cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and kids 10-and-under are free.

Any church groups who wish to participate should contact Pavan either by email (rpavan@cumberland.edu) or call 615-547-1348.

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