Impact World Tour in town April 26-28

Three nights of high-impact, energetic activities ranging from breaking concrete bricks and baseball bats to skateboard airs and free-style tricks to an authentic Polynesian cultural extravaganza are coming to the Rockford MetroCentre April 26-28.

Impact World Tour (IWT), the global organization promoting virtuous values, respect and fellowship, makes one of only two stops in the United States for a high-spirited, multi-day event in Rockford. Each evening’s events begin at 7 p.m., and are free to the public.

Civic, corporate and religious leaders from all segments of the community have raised funds and awareness about IWT, a cross between the Billy Graham Crusades and the X Games, targeting specific age groups on the various nights of the campaign. Dozens of area pastors, and leaders from many denominations, ethnic and youth organizations have been meeting to develop the strategy to reaching the Rockford area.

IWT is a group of more than 100 missionaries who pay their own way to take part in what is described as a campaign-style of evangelism. Additionally, making up IWT evening’s events are athletes and performing artists from around the globe. Thousands of people are expected to gather at the MetroCentre for each evening’s events.

The IWT lineup includes the following:

Tuesday, April 26, “Team Xtreme”: Bench press and leg pressing world record-breaking weights, breaking concrete bricks and baseball bats with bare hands and forearms, and bending steel bars around necks and between teeth are just some of the incredible acts performed by Team Xtreme. Together for five years, the members of Team Xtreme have traveled the world performing these strength feats and sports stunts while motivating young people with stories and lessons. Each stunt performed is meant to help illustrate the significant message the athletes bring to the crowd.

Wednesday, April 27, “Island Breeze” & “Thrive”: Internationally renowned Island Breeze, a group of musicians and dancers from throughout Polynesia, present a cultural extravaganza. The colorful, energetic program includes authentic costumes, traditional music and intricate dances. Island Breeze represents a variety of Pacific cultures, encouraging attendees to embrace their own cultural identity, building a sense of dignity and self-worth. Additionally, the band Thrive is a fast-paced and hard-hitting group that captures the crowd with one-of-a-kind music and entertainment.

Thursday, April 28, “GX Jam”: Teen-agers from all over the world will hit the stage with skateboard airs and free-style tricks, such as hand plants, front side airs, grizzes, and crossups. The GX crew are pro, amateur and sponsored bikers, bladers and skaters who have traveled the world with a positive message and awesome demonstrations. Also gracing the stage will be world-class hip-hop dancers and breakdancers.

More info about IWT: IWT Rockford-based office at 815.398.2613 or visit

From the April 27-May 3, 2005, issue

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