GREAT RIO VALLEY – At 8:30 a.m. on a wet Friday morning, the Edinburgh campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley looked rather desolate – until one ventured into the Student Union . There, more than 150 student-athletes representing UTRGV baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, and the men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country teams, along with coaches and staff, gathered before cleaning up the campus as part of the Vaqueros. Champions Service Day.
Additionally, the men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to Brownsville early in the morning to spruce up the Cameron County campus. The UTRGV men’s football team volunteered at the RGV food bank in the afternoon.
“We always talk about family and caring for each other and that goes beyond our athletic department,” the assistant athletic director/senior administrator said. Molly Castner said. “These student-athletes, these coaches care about UTRGV, they care about the community. Serving when not required shows how much they care and how proud they are of this university and representing it well. ”
Cleanup attendees volunteered to spend their mornings scouring every square inch of the campuses to pick up trash, palm fronds and other things to keep the facilities looking “game day ready.” Student-athletes split into groups and pairs that each filled a trash bag or two, giving newcomers a chance to explore campus while making a difference.
The men’s soccer team practiced Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Omaha, but that didn’t stop them from making their own impact on Champions Serve Day. The Vaqueros lent a hand to the RGV food bank after training.
“The different cultures and backgrounds of our student-athletes doesn’t change the fact that we all have one thing in common: to be good people and to help our community. That’s why we want to do our part whenever we have the chance. occasion,” men’s soccer head coach Bryheem Hancock said. “Student-athletes in every UTRGV program don’t just sit back and let things happen in the community. They get actively involved in being great mentors to the youth in our community.”
In total, more than 200 student-athletes, coaches and staff participated in Champions Serve Day, exemplifying the Athletic Department’s commitment to #RallyTheValley and #RISEup.
“We have amazing caretakers and gardeners, so the campus always looks great, but that’s kind of how we can give back,” Castner said. “We really felt that we had an impact on the university and the community that gives us so much.”
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