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Evangel University gifted new fishing boat to support newly launched club sport

Published on Aug 31, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University recently received a 2022 Ranger Z518 boat for use by the newly launched bass fishing team. In addition to the boat, the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, also included a Mankota iPilot trolling motor and single axle trailer.

“This gift is a token of appreciation for the standards and foundations of Evangel,” the donor said. “We know the fishing team will put it to good use!”

Evangel launched a bass fishing team at the outset of the fall semester as part of the university’s club sports roll out, which also includes beach volleyball, bowling, CrossFit, and disc golf.

“This gift is a generous gesture of support,” said Hector Cruz, Evangel’s senior development officer. “We are so grateful for alumni who are stepping up to help us as we look to build the university of the future.”

About club sports

Evangel’s club sport teams supplement its robust varsity athletic teams and provide more opportunities for students to get involved in athletic competition. Club sports compete with other schools’ teams but do not fall under the university’s athletic conference and do not have varsity status.

Club sport teams are led by an athletic coach or by students with an EU advisor. Standards of enrollment status, grade point average, and community standing may be required for team membership. Scholarships are available.


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:

  • 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