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Thielen Speaks, Inspires at FCA "Night of Champions"

April 22, 2018 10:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota native and NFL star, Adam Thielen, was in Rochester Sunday evening as a keynote speaker for the annual "Night of Champions", he shared the impact his faith has had on his career and life.

"There are so many moments throughout my life that I am like ‘Man, that's a God moment’," said Thielen.

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Thielen hopes to use his platform to give back and inspire others. "We need the youth to be strong and to have a good start in their life," he said. 

Thielen spoke in front of nearly 600 people; many of whom were children.

"God is first in my life and it's kind of a working progress to keep it there," he said.

Night of Champions is Southeast Minnesota Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) biggest annual fundraiser. It allows the nonprofit to grow its vision. "To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches," said Director for the Southeast, James Bolin. "We have camps for kids as young as First Grade, multi-sport youth day camps in the summer, youth flag football in the fall."

Abby Orvis is involved with track and field and cross country. "There's a bigger purpose beyond competing," said Orvis, referring to what FCA has shown her.

She won 2018 Female Student Leader of the Year. "I wasn't expecting it at all," said Orvis, "I think the sports camps are an awesome way to build community with the younger kids. I mean I loved volunteering with the younger kids."

Like Thielen, Orvis plans to strengthen her athletic abilities and her faith. "Definitely wanting to stay active in athletics and just seeing where God leads," she said.

"Something you have to stay on top of just like you have to stay on top of football," said Thielen. 

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