9AM Registration and check-in (Needham Chapel)

10-11AM 5K Fun Run (Vanguard Campus)

11AM-1PM Block Party (Campus Mall)

Please join us as we celebrate the incredible life of Nathan Harrington, an inspirational veteran, husband, father, son and Vanguard alumnus. Runners and walkers of all levels welcome. Enjoy a fun walk, jog or simply join the event to support the Harrington family!

Nathanael Harrington’s ’15 story is certainly not what he had originally planned. Nathan began his Vanguard experience as a freshman in the fall of 1998. He continued his studies until the spring of 2001. Following September 11th, he felt a call to serve in the military – just has his father had modeled for 20 years. He began serving as a Chaplain Assistant in the Army, but again his life took an unexpected turn. After only two years of service, Nathanael was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, an incurable disease that causes breakdown of the nerves cells in the brain. He received an honorable discharge due to the diagnosis. In the midst of this painful season, he met his beautiful wife, and three boys who were 5, 4, and 2. They moved back to the Pacific Northwest, and welcomed a beautiful daughter.

In 2013, Nathan felt God was calling him back to Vanguard University to finish his degree. He and his family moved to Costa Mesa for 2 years while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Religion, with an emphasis in Pastoral Leadership. At the completion of his degree, Nathan and his family moved back to his home town of Clarkston, WA. His kids are now 15, 14, 12, and 8 and God continues to bless them in unexpected ways.

Join with alumni, friends, community members, and family as we support the Harrington family and celebrate Nathan. After the race, we’ll have a celebration with FREE Chick-Fil-A lunch*, a vendor fair, live music, and a kid’s play area.

*Meal tickets only available with race registration.


Baseball Double Header (Game 1 at 11AM – Game 2 to follow)*

Come cheer on your Vanguard Men’s Baseball team as they play a double-header against Marymount California University.

*Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for students; CASH only. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

12-4:30 PM Softball Alumni 30-Year Reunion* and Softball Game (Newport Mesa Church and VU Softball Field)

As a celebration of 30 years a part of the Vanguard story – the Softball Community is hosting a special reception honoring team members of previous teams and celebrating all that has been accomplished over three decades. Lunch will be served. Registration is now open here! After the reception, come watch as alumni of the Vanguard Softball team take on the current Vanguard Lions. If you were a part of this team or want to support fellow alumni, you won’t want to miss this!

*Please note, the reception is a private event for any members of the softball program and their families. Registration is required and you can signup here.

1-3PM Kids Sports Camps (The Pit + VU Soccer Field)

We have two great Sports Camp options for your kids! And don’t worry – Samson’s (Vanguard’s brand new coffee shop) will be open for all parents to enjoy a tasty beverage while the kids are having a blast!

1-2PM Basketball Camp (The Pit)

The Vanguard University Men’s Basketball program will host this free clinic. The clinic will take place in “The Pit,”  the legendary gym on Vanguard’s campus. The Men’s Basketball coaching staff, as well as a handful of current Vanguard Lions, will coach and train boys and girls ages 6-15.

Register here

2-3PM Soccer Camp (VU Soccer Field)

The Vanguard University Soccer program will host this free clinic. The clinic will take place on our soccer field. The Vanguard Soccer coaching staff, as well as a handful of current Vanguard Lions, will coach and train boys and girls age 6-15.

Register here

3-4:30PM Worship Service led by Rusty Peavy ’70 + Friends, hosted by the Decade of the 60s (Needham Chapel)

Join fellow alumni for worship and community before the Tailgate and Basketball games. Music provided by Rusty Peavy, Darell Garnder and a few more special guests. Life Song, Vanguard’s newest praise ensemble will also be performing! There is no cost for this event, so invite a friend and come fellowship.

4:30-6PM Family Tailgate  (Tower’s Lobby)

Grab your friends and family and get ready to cheer on the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. The Vanguard University Spirit Committee will have face-painting supplies, sign-making materials, and more! Come hungry – there will be a BBQ available to purchase ($9 adults, $5 kids, meal swipe for students).

5:30PM & 7:30PM Women & Men’s Basketball vs. The Master’s College (The Pit)*

Cheer on our Vanguard Lions as we challenge The Master’s College Vanguard Concert Choir will be singing the National Anthem, and the Alumni Upperdeck will be open during halftime of both games. During halftime of the men’s basketball game, Vanguard University will recognize Bob Wilson (named the National Athletic Director of the Year for 2011-2012 by the NAIA Athletic Directors Association) as he retires this year.

*Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for students; CASH only. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Questions? Email alumni@vanguard.edu