BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the addition of collegiate bass fishing as a competitive sport, beginning in the fall of 2019.
"Collegiate bass fishing is an excellent fit for King," said Hicks. "We are 15 minutes from South Holston Lake, one of the top bass fishing lakes in the Eastern United States, and have several other world-class lakes within a 100-mile radius."
Students competing for King in collegiate bass fishing will compete in nationally recognized tournaments, such as the FLW College Series and the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, which culminates each year with the Collegiate Bass Fishing Championships in the spring. The program will be sufficiently funded by the University and scholarships will be available, ensuring that team members have the opportunity to be competitive in every tournament.
"Achieving at high levels in every aspect of life is one of our core tenets at King, and we expect nothing different from our Collegiate Bass Fishing team," said Hicks. "As with every other sport we offer, we will use the lessons learned through training and competition to reinforce our values and fulfill our mission of preparing students to be thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible."
While over 600 college bass fishing teams exist in the United States, most operate as a student club. By offering scholarship opportunities and providing institutional funding, King will differentiate itself from the vast majority of the other teams.
"Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to earn a college education from one of the top schools in the Southeast while continuing to compete in a sport they love," Hicks continued.
Located just 10 miles from South Holston Lake and nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, King is ideally situated in a hotbed of bass fishing. Boone Lake, Watauga Lake, Cherokee Lake, Douglass Lake and Norris Lake are all within a two hour drive, and many young people grow up with fishing as a big part of their lives."
Hicks added "In just the few weeks we've been exploring this as an option, I've been contacted by numerous high school fishing clubs, local professional fishermen, and a number of current high school students. The response has been tremendous, and I am looking forward to seeing everything come to fruition in the fall."
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