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Immanuel preps for Super Bowl Sunday

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Immanuel Baptist Church is gearing up to hold its annual Super Bowl Sunday event all day Sunday in honor of the Super Bowl.

Pastor John Hunn said the event has been going on for years since before he even got to the church and is known for bringing in an athlete or coach to speak on what it means to walk with Christ while participating in sports, especially at a professional level.

This year’s special guest speaker will be former Tennessee Titan Dan Alexander.

Alexander is fullback and linebacker and currently a free agent of the Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and played in college at Nebraska. 

Alexander now dedicates his life mentoring and encouraging other young men through public speaking, volunteering, and sitting on various boards. He currently serves as Executive Director at Franktown Open Hearts in Franklin. 

For more information on Alexander’s ministry, visit franktownopenhearts.com.

Alexander is set to speak at four different times Sunday.

The day will kick off with a 7 a.m. men and boy’s breakfast in the LIFE Center, followed by 8:30 and 11 a.m. services in the Sanctuary and also a youth service at 9:45 a.m.

“We really enjoy being able to have athletes talk about what they have with Christ and how it is something not even the Super Bowl can satisfy,” Hunn said.

Hunn said children come to the event dressed in their sport uniforms.

“People love this event from our smallest to our biggest,” Hunn said.

Previously, the event has also had Chris Sanders, former Oiler and Titan and Ohio State multi-sport athlete, as a guest speaker.

“It’s just been a really fun experience to have someone from the Nashville area to put the Super Bowl in perspective,” Hunn said. “It’s a fun day where we want everyone to see that Jesus is a part of everything.”

Hunn said the event is open to the community and other churches and individuals come to the event and anyone is invited. It is also free to attend, but those wishing to attend are asked to sign up in advance in order to prepare the appropriate amount of food. To register visit ImmanuelBaptist.com/SuperBowlBreakfast.

“There’s these stereotypes of athletes that they’re selfish and terrible examples, so it’s really refreshing to see these athletes who get it and embrace their role as role models and are honest and share their struggles,” Hunn said. “It’s just really refreshing to get that perspective.”

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