By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln University football team has received the largest one-time gift in its history.
JP Capital Management, a private equity company specializing in the acquisition and operation of middle market manufacturing, health care, commodity brokerage and other types of value-added distribution and service companies, provided a historic gift to augment LU football operations. Specifically, the gift will support recruitment-related activities including, but not limited to, travel costs for recruiting and on-campus recruiting visits.
“This momentous gesture is a catalyst for the transformation of LU Football,” said Kevin Wilson, Vice President for Advancement, Athletics, and Campus Recreation. “It immediately impacts our coaching staff’s ability to engage and sign high-level student-athletes throughout the great state of Missouri and across the country. It also shows other potential supporters that the student-athlete experience at Lincoln is a worthy investment. The outcome will be a generation of Blue Tigers who excel in the classroom, on the field, in the capitol city, and in life.”
“I believe in Kevin’s vision for LU Football and the new administration.” said Jamin Pastore, President and CEO of JP Capital Management. “Special advisor Terrell Smith visited the beautiful campus and confirmed our ability to impact the lives of a deserving, diverse group of young men who will change the world! We are proud to support LU Football as well as the mission of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries, and invite others to do the same.”
JP Capital Management’s major gift will be available for immediate use as Lincoln Football enters a new era. The Blue Tigers compete in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which is arguably the most competitive conference in NCAA Division II. A national champion has been crowned in the league every year in some sport for the last two decades, with an MIAA squad claiming the title in football five times over that span.