be_ixf;ym_202403 d_03; ct_50

Evangel University receives $2 million from Mabee Foundation for Valor Center construction; maximum grant possible

Published on Feb 7, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University has received a $2 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation toward construction of the Valor Center, a 70,000 square foot arena and training facility on the north end of EU’s campus. $2 million is the maximum grant level awarded by the Mabee Foundation.

Challenge grants are designed to help an organization raise the remaining funds needed to finish the project. The $2 million Mabee Foundation grant serves as a challenge to finalize the fundraising for the $18.5 million Valor Center project over the next 12 months.

The Valor Center is one project included in EU’s Here.Now. campaign, which has raised nearly $16 million in support of several building projects, including the complete renovation of Walther Hall, a residence hall, and the installation of an artificial turf, lighted intramural field.

“We are so grateful to the Mabee Center for this momentous challenge grant,” said Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel’s president. “Valor Center will significantly elevate the student experience at Evangel, providing state-of-the-art facilities for athletic competitions, physical training, and other events.”

Formed by John and Lottie Mabee in 1948, the Mabee Foundation helps fund new construction, building renovations, and the purchase of major medical equipment for non-profit organizations. Since its formation, the foundation has provided over $1.2 billion in grant funding.

“Great momentum is building on campus,” said Rakes. “I can’t wait to see the arena finished and packed with students showing Valor pride!”


 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