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Evangel offering free admission to all athletic events for military service members

Published on Aug 23, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University would like to honor local military service members by providing free admission to all Valor Athletics sporting events during the 2023-2024 season. Individuals who would like to take advantage of this discount will be asked to present valid ID at the entrance. The offer is available to all past and present service members.

Dr. Dennis McDonald, EU Athletic Director

“As the son of a former Marine who fought in Korea, I have always had strong respect for those who serve in the military,” said Dr. Dennis McDonald, Evangel’s director of athletics. “Offering free admission is a small token of our appreciation for their service.”

The discount adds to the university’s efforts to honor veterans and active-duty service members. In April, the university held its inaugural Veteran Valor Day, an annual recognition of military service members, which included a special chapel service and a free luncheon for local service members, past and present.

Evangel has foundational ties to the military, as its campus was built on the grounds of the O’Reilly General Hospital, a facility built during World War II to treat wounded soldiers. The university is also home to the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, one of the largest producers of military chaplains in the nation.

In addition, the Admiral Vern Clark Veteran’s Center at Evangel connects veterans with the university’s academic offerings and student support services.

“We hope that local service members will take advantage of this offer. Our athletic events are top notch,” said McDonald. “Spectators will see some really competitive play from all of our student-athletes here at Evangel, especially as we compete in our first season in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.”


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at