After a ten year hiatus, Webber International University is reintroducing collegiate bass fishing as a sport, initially as a club.
Said Dr. Keith Wade, the University’s President and CEO, “When we started bass fishing in 2007 we had a lot of interest in it and more than our fair share of wins. Unfortunately, it seems like we got to the party just a bit too early… competitors and tournaments were a bit scarce at the time. We were one of two in Florida and one of a handful in the nation.”
With collegiate bass fishing now viable and growing, Webber has reentered the fray. “We are located on Crooked Lake, a 4,200+ acre designated Outstanding Florida Water. I’m not saying we have a ‘home field advantage’ but we definitely have some good bass fishing”, said Wade.
The coed activity is currently recruiting for participants and will begin activities, at the club level, in August when school resumes. As with many other sports, clubs, and activities at Webber, scholarships are available.
Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws, and one of the first schools of business for women in the nation, Webber International University now educates men and women from over 50 different nations. Degrees are offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats. Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC) offers a comprehensive liberal arts program and has roots dating to 1896. The University features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities. The University has been recognized as a US News and World Reports Best Regional Colleges: South, a Princeton Review Best Southeastern College, and has earned Petersons’ top marks for academics, value and community. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and numerous programs have earned additional programmatic accreditations.