The Abe Klassen Family Baseball Endowed Scholarship

Abe was a renowned amateur athlete in baseball, basketball, and track throughout high school and beyond. Although his family situation did not allow him to play sports in college, as a semiprofessional softball player he starred on a team that won the (Fast-Pitch) Softball World Series in Rockford, IL in 1954. He served Immanuel High School as a baseball coach for eight years, where he led many boys to be better baseball players and young men of character. He believed strongly in the potential of sports to help develop wise followers of Jesus Christ. Abe was primarily a truck driver and fruit farmer in the Dinuba area for most of his career. He demonstrated his personal faith in Jesus Christ by his practical references to biblical principles, and by the clear and consistent witness of his words and his actions, including fair treatment of his workers and his business partners. He served the Lord as a loving and faithful husband of Arlene; father of sons Stanley and Kevin and daughter Peggi: devoted grandfather to Andy, Sandy and Janine, and great grandfather to Madison, Mason and Makayla. He was a generous and wise leader in the Dinuba MB Church and at Butler MB Church in his later years. After selling his farm in 2005, he and his wife Arlene moved to Willow Gardens near the FPU campus which allowed him to regularly enjoy Sunbird athletic events, with special priority on the FPU baseball program.

Eligibility

  • Student-athletes must be on the FPU Baseball roster;
  • Student-athletes who meet NCAA Division II regulations for scholarships.