Trevecca Nazarene University will welcome 2,000 teens and their chaperones to TNT@TNU on Thursday, April 3. Started in 1986, TNT is now in its 28th year and includes teens from across the eight states in the Southeast. Participants have earned the right to compete at this regional level after winning competitions in their church districts.
In a massive tent installed at Trevecca behind Moore Physical Education Building, TNT will begin with an opening celebration at 7:30 PM on Thursday evening with featured speaker Jeremy Cowart. A Nashville photographer of celebrities and musicians, Cowart is actively engaged in humanitarian projects, mostly conducted in Haiti and Africa. Cowart has inspired many with his grass-roots efforts to give dignity to the homeless around the world.
Other featured guests are the members of Enemy Opposition, a team of talented BMXers, inline skaters, and skateboarders. Performing and speaking on Friday afternoon during TNT, members of Enemy Opposition will tell how they work to build God’s Kingdom through their sport and their interest in others.
TNT has 70 competitions in athletics, instrumental and vocal music, visual and dramatic arts, Bible quizzing, and more. Three new competition categories have been added this year. For the first time ever, skateboarding will be a competitive event. Two more new competitions for this year are the 100-meter dash and a new event in the speech category—story-telling.
Competition winners—individuals, teams, and districts—will be announced on Saturday evening, and TNT will conclude with a worship service on Sunday morning, with special speaker Justin Pickard, the regional youth coordinator for Nazarene Youth International.