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June 16, 1999






Schedule cleared; Youth Evangelism Conference will be in Alamodome
___By Dan Martin
___Texas Baptist Communications
___SAN ANTONIO--A potential scheduling conflict between the National Basketball Association finals and the Texas Baptist Youth Evangelism Conference has been cleared and "everyone came out a winner," according to Chuck Flowers, director of youth evangelism for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
___The possibility of a huge schedule conflict emerged when the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Western Conference title in four games, setting up the possibility the finals between the Spurs and the Eastern Conference winner would be on the same dates--June 25-26--as the already booked YEC, which is expected to draw 20,000 Texas Baptist teens.
___"The Alamodome, city of San Antonio and Spurs always maintained they would honor the dates already booked for the Youth Evangelism Conference," said Judy Sansom, coordinator for the youth event.
___"The anxiety developed when Spurs fans realized the playoff dates might be in conflict with our event, and if the basketball game had to be moved, the Spurs would lose the home court advantage," she added.
___When the Spurs won in four over Portland, it was envisioned the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers also could win in four, putting one of the playoff games in San Antonio June 25, conflicting with the youth event.
___However, the Knicks and Pacers will play at least six games and perhaps seven, which will put the San Antonio games before and possibly after the YEC.
___"We prayed really, really hard that this whole situation would resolve in everyone's best interest, and with the Spurs' winning streak and the schedule cleared for our convention to go on as planned June 25, we think everyone came out a winner," Flowers said.
___"God is good," said Spurs Executive Vice President Russ Bookbinder. "The problem was never with the Texas youth; they're all booked. It was an NBA problem. We're just happy for everyone involved."
___This is the first year for the youth conference to be held in San Antonio.
___"A Cross to Bridge the Great Divide," is the theme. The meeting is designed with high energy, inspirational youth speakers, top Christian vocalists and musicians, youth testimonies and multi-media presentations.
___It is a platform for presenting Christ to young people and for training youth and youth leaders "to live radically for Jesus Christ," Flowers said.
___The featured speaker is Dave Edwards of Oklahoma City.
___Program personalities include Christian recording artists Anointed, winner of three Dove Awards, and Avalon, 1998 New Artist of the Year and two-time Dove award winner. Others are FFH, Nikki Leonti and Rebecca St. James.
___In addition to the large events, other features have been added, one of which is summer missions endeavors under sponsorship of San Antonio Baptist Association. Another addition is seminars for adult youth leaders, including sessions on teen violence and teen pregnancy.
___To register a group or for more information, call (214) 828-5234.

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