XENIA — Sprinter Allyson Felix and basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will be inducted into the Athletes in Action Hall of Faith on May 17.
Each year one male and one female from the sports world who best exemplify outstanding character, leadership and faith — whether on the court, in the home or in the community — are inducted.
Felix is a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. Her three gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics are the most a female track athlete has won since 1988. As a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s “Project Believe” program, Felix is regularly tested to ensure that her body is free of performance-enhancing drugs.
Romar has been the head coach at University of Washington since the 2002-2003 season and has compiled a record of 251-142 with the Huskies while leading them to nine post-season tournaments. He previously coached Pepperdine and Saint Louis and played five years in the NBA and seven years with AIA.
Previous inductees include Clark Kellogg, Jim Tressel, Bart Starr, John Wooden, Anthony Munoz and Frank Reich. When Reich, a Buffalo Bills player for several years, was inducted in 2011, teammate Jim Kelly showed up unexpectedly.
“It’s great for young and more mature (people) like myself,” said AIA steering committee member Greg Felder.
AIA, headquartered in Xenia, is a ministry of campus crusade for Christ and works with professional and amateur athletes and coaches to use the unique platform of sport to help people around the world with questions of faith.
For more information on the event and for ticket information call 800-416-9473.