Three MBU students to compete for free tuition at final Blue Out event

Three Missouri Baptist University students will be given the opportunity to compete for free tuition at halftime of Thursday’s men’s basketball game against Lyon College.

The three students, chosen at random from entries throughout the fall and winter sport seasons, will get the opportunity to take a half-court shot at halftime of Thursday’s American Midwest Conference Quarterfinal game. If any of the students hit the shot, they will be awarded a free semester of tuition for the Fall semester of 2013 at Missouri Baptist, a prize valued at over $10,000.

Thursday’s game is the finale of the MBU basketball season’s “Blue Out” games, a series of Spartan promotional nights.

The three contestants will be announced at chapel Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Those students will compete that evening in the final “Blue Out” game of the basketball season. At the game, students are encouraged to wear their navy to fill the Lacey Gymnasium with a sea of blue in support of the Spartan basketball team.

“The Blue Out games are a great way for our students to support Spartan Athletics,” said Missouri Baptist Sports Information Director, Brad Cygan. “The addition of a promotion like the Tuition Shot will make for some excitement at halftime, especially if someone makes the shot.”

The University unveiled the “Shot For Tuition” promotion in the Fall semester of the current school year and announced only that students would have a chance to win free tuition by entering their name into a drawing that would take place in February.

At every home varsity game in the Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex, students were able to submit an entry. In January, the University announced further details of the promotion, which included specifics on the competition and how students would be chosen.

“I would be really excited to get the opportunity,” said Travis Collard, men’s volleyball player. “You see all of those people on ESPN making those shots now. How hard could it be?”

The Missouri Baptist University Department of Athletics supports 25 varsity athletics programs and seven junior varsity sports. The University is a proud member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is a NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Award winner. Spartan Athletics also encompasses several non-NAIA teams to its credit.