SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As the cold continues to linger around the Ozarks, Evangel University student-athletes continue to give back in a warm way.
Entering year three of an on-going partnership with Weller Elementary, the Evangel University athletic department has helped provide winter clothes and coats for students at the local school.
Tuesday Crusader student-athletes and coaches continued to participate in the event that includes inviting the elementary students, families, and faculty to an Evangel basketball game. The invitation this season is for Wednesday, Feb. 7, when the Crusaders take on Avila University.
"This has been an awesome opportunity to partner with Weller Elementary and truly affect those that are in our community and in our literal neighborhood," said Evangel Director of Athletics Dr. Dennis McDonald. "Finding a need and being able to help fill that was the first thought but also providing a spark to the children in the classrooms that they too can attend college."
In three years, over 1,000 sweatshirts have been given to students at Weller Elementary. Student-Athletes and coaches also extended an invitation to Wednesday's basketball games and spoke to the students ranging from, how they got to college, to who they were cheering for during Sunday's Super Bowl.
In addition to attending Wednesday's game with family, the Weller Elementary PRIDE Choir will perform the national anthem prior to the men's game at 7:30 p.m.
"Connecting with an Evangel alumnus and Weller Principal, Dr. Rebecca Donaldson has been a natural fit," McDonald said. "She gets excited and you can see her students and our athletes feed off her energy. It has been a rewarding experience for all involved and look forward to continuing to reach more students in the years to come."
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