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The year 2002 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Venture for Victory (VV) by Don Odle, former basketball coach at Taylor University. Coach Odle's Full Cort Press describes this man's role as the central figure in the unfolding early development of sports evangelism which began with a simple phone call in February 1952. Despite daunting obstacles, Coach Odle successfully displayed "the power of one" by seizing the opportunity to bring a Christian basketball team to East Asia during the summer of 1952. From that humble beginning, VV's fame gradually spread. "The power of one" was transformed into "the power of many." Today using athletics as a means to further Christ's message has become a worldwide phenomenon. Don Odle can rightfully be called "the father of sports evangelism."
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Rousselow-Winquist, Jessica and Winquist, Alan H., "Coach Odle's Full Court Press: Taylor University & Sports Evangelism" (2001). Books by Taylor faculty, staff, and administrators. 2.