Church Night celebration to be virtual event


The 39th annual Church Night celebration at the University of Mount Olive will have a virtual twist this season.

Festivities and the Trojans’ basketball doubleheader against Southern Wesleyan University on Jan. 30 will be shown live on the university’s Facebook page.

The women tip off at 4 p.m. inside Kornegay Arena.

In between games, UMO’s elite a cappella group - Carolina Sound - will perform. 

UMO alumni will provide special messages during halftime of each game.

University President Dr. Ed Croom and his wife will also make an appearance.

The church with the most viewers will win a $500 UMO scholarship for one of their youth, according to Nicole Balsamello, director of admissions at the university. To register, visit

“We are excited to keep this time-honored tradition of Church Night alive,” said Jason Gipe, vice president for university advancement. “Our admissions, advancement and athletic teams have really worked hard to make this a fun and memorable virtual event.”


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