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Arise With the Guys is an annual men's-only event where professional and collegiate Christian athletes share their inspirational messages of faith, godly values, and legacy-building.

Sat, Apr 13 | 9a - 10:30a
Grace Church Eden Prairie Campus



Main Floor: $20/each
Balcony/Terrace: $10/each

Buy 10+ tickets, and get 10% off your order!

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What does it mean to be Uncommon?

The mandate to be Uncommon actually came to me from three different sources. The first was my dad. When I was growing up, he always talked to us about not following the crowd, not doing something just because everyone else was doing it. He encouraged us to chase our own dreams, even if it meant being ridiculed for being different.

When I arrived at the University of Minnesota as a freshman football player, my coach, Cal Stoll, built upon my dad’s theme. In our first meeting, he said, “Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man.” He told us he was looking for men who had the attitude and desire to do what everyone else could do, but most people wouldn’t.

The third, and most important source of the Uncommon idea was the Bible. One of my mom’s favorite scriptures was Matthew 7:13-14 where Jesus talks about entering through the narrow gate and traveling the narrow path rather than the broad highway. He was talking about salvation and the way to heaven but I think it applies to life as well.

We should never be afraid to take the tough road, to follow a higher calling or set a higher standard. In short, we should never be satisfied with being average, but should strive to be Uncommon.

-Tony Dungy

Previous Uncommon Award Winners

Case Keenum (2018)


Peyton Manning (2017)

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Thomas Davis (2016)


Marcus Mariota (2015)


James Brown (2014)


Ken Sparks (2013)

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We’re returning this year with a great outreach opportunity for women of all ages: Arise With The Gals. It’s the same morning as Arise With The Guys, but it's just a bit earlier. The morning will kick off with an optional Power Stretch, followed by a healthy breakfast bar, and then feature a powerful discussion on what it means to live an uncommon life.

Sat, Apr 13 | 8a
(optional workout at 7:30a)

Grace Church Eden Prairie Campus Chapel


Kim Anthony is an author, speaker, and character-based leadership coach. Kim is on staff with Athletes in Action’s Pro Staff, has served as a chaplain for NFL wives, and continues to coach and mentor the wives of NFL players, head coaches, and executives around the league.

Caitlin Thielen is a Minnesota native, former D1 collegiate soccer player, wife, and mother. She spends his time caring for their two sons, Asher (2 1/2) and Hudson (3 months); helping with their gym, ETS elite Thielen; and cheering on her husband, Adam, and the MN Vikings! Some of her passions include church and devotion time with her family, working out, blogging, and hanging with family and friends. Caitlin and Adam love getting involved with different charities, and this past year launched The Thielen Foundation, which aims to serve, educate, and inspire those in need to achieve their full potential.

More great speakers to be announced!


7:25a Optional Power Stretch (Gymnasium)
30 minutes of stretching, core, and light aerobic exercise

8a Healthy Breakfast Bar (Door 3 Lobby)

8:15a-10a Program (Chapel)

Attire: casual or ath-leisure wear


1 Ticket = $15.00
2+ Tickets = $12.50/each

We are not planning to stream Arise With The Gals at this time.

Promote At your church!

Your church has the opportunity to partner with Arise With The Guys for this popular event. This is a great opportunity for the men and boys in your church to make a huge difference in the life of a friend, neighbor, teammate, co-worker, or family member by offering them a personal invitation to join them.

See our resources below and let’s partner up to make this a huge success!

Our 2019 Promotional Video download will be available soon.

Contact Us


Questions About Arise With The Guys? Contact Jake at or 952-260-2981..

Questions about Arise With The Gals? Contact Arise With The Gals at or 952-260-2982..