SPHL, Bellevue University announce educational partnership

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (July 26, 2022) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced a new educational partnership with Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leading online universities, that stands to benefit the players and staff of the league’s 11 teams, as well as their family members.

Bellevue University and the SPHL will partner to provide motivated members within the SPHL ecosystem with tuition assistance benefits to further advance their education.

“I am very excited to announce the league’s new educational partnership with Bellevue University,” stated Commissioner Doug Price. “This opportunity further demonstrates the SPHL’s commitment to developing and enhancing the skill sets of our players and staff members both on and off the ice.”

Through the partnership, the SPHL will provide enhanced tuition assistance to league players, employees and family members. This includes up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement at Bellevue University for full-time players and employees. Immediate family members of players and employees are eligible to receive up to $2,500 in tuition reimbursement at the university.

“We’re excited to work with the SPHL to help career-motivated individuals interested in acquiring the education and skills they need for their futures,” said Jim Nekuda, Bellevue University’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “Our flexible online learning allows players who balancing careers and real life demands to achieve their goals.”

About Bellevue University
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everyone online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).

About the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
Now entering its 19th season, the Southern Professional Hockey League is comprised of 11 member teams located throughout the southeastern and midwestern United States. Headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, the mission of the SPHL is to provide a quality family-friendly entertainment product structured inside an economic model that is viable for small and mid-size markets and arenas.