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Alum Donates New Boat to the Ragin’ Cajun Water Ski Team

Posted: 3:54 PM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 15:01:13-04

The national champion Ragin’ Cajun Water Ski Team officially unveiled their brand new 2019 MasterCraft Ski Boat today.

The boat was donated to the team by UL Lafayette Alumni Joe Spell and Ragin’ Cajun Water Ski Alums Steve and Danyelle Critchley of Bennett’s Boat and Ski, a waterski training center and boat dealership.

The boat was delivered by the Critchleys to Martin Hall where Spell and UL President E. Joseph Savoie handed over the keys to Team Captain, Harry Spavin, and the rest of the students on the UL Water Ski Team. Spell is CEO and Founder of Tides Medical, a Lafayette-based regenerative medicine company. Spell spent two years on the Ragin’ Cajun Water Ski Team, 1999- 2001.

The Ragin’ Cajun Water Ski Team currently holds Six National Championship titles making it one of the most successful club teams in university history. The team is on track to take home another title this year and has already had a successful recruiting season thanks to the generous donation from Spell, a spokesman said.

The team will be showing off the boat this April 13-14, 2019 at their 5th annual Fleur de Ski Water Ski Tournament. The public is invited to the tournament held at Airport Lake. Admission is free and the team is asking that attendees bring toiletries, blankets, socks, etc., to be donated to St. Michael’s Shelter, a local shelter for male veterans, and The Emily House, a local shelter for homeless women and children. For more information on the tournament and a complete list of items, please visit the team’s Facebook page.