Vaqueros Champions Serve Day – Texas Border Business


The different cultures and backgrounds our student-athletes come from doesn’t change the fact that we all have one common characteristic: to be good people and help our community. UTRGV Image
The different cultures and backgrounds our student-athletes come from doesn’t change the fact that we all have one common characteristic: to be good people and help our community. UTRGV Image
– Advertisement –

Texas Border Business

EDINBURG, Texas – At 8:30 on a humid Friday morning, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus looked pretty desolate – until one ventured to the Student Union. 

There, over 150 student-athletes representing UTRGV’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track & field/cross country teams, along with coaches and staff, gathered before cleaning up campus as part of the Vaqueros’ Champions Serve Day. UTRGV Image

There, over 150 student-athletes representing UTRGV’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track & field/cross country teams, along with coaches and staff, gathered before cleaning up campus as part of the Vaqueros’ Champions Serve Day. 

Additionally, the men’s and women’s golf teams made the early morning trek to Brownsville to beautify the Cameron County campus. UTRGV’s men’s soccer team volunteered at the RGV Food Bank in the afternoon. 

Brownsville Clean-up team. UTRGV Image

“We always talk about family and caring for each other and it goes beyond just our athletic department,” Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Molly Castner said. “These student-athletes, these coaches care about UTRGV, they care about the community. Serving when it’s not mandatory shows how much they care and how much pride they take in this university and representing it well.” 

The clean-up participants volunteered to spend their morning combing through every inch of the campuses to pick up trash, palm fronds and other things to make the facilities look “game day ready.” Student-athletes split up into groups and duos that each filled up a trash bag or two, giving the newcomers a chance to explore campus while also making a difference. 

The men’s soccer team had practice Friday morning to prepare for its Saturday home match against Omaha, but that didn’t keep them from making their own impact during Champions Serve Day. The Vaqueros lent a helping hand at the RGV Food Bank after practice.   

“The different cultures and backgrounds our student-athletes come from doesn’t change the fact that we all have one common characteristic: to be good people and help our community. That is why we want to do our part anytime we have an opportunity,” men’s soccer head coach Bryheem Hancock said. “The student-athletes in each program at UTRGV don’t just sit back and let things happen in the community. They’re actively involved to be great mentors for the youth in our community.” 

In total, over 200 student-athletes, coaches and staff members participated in Champions Serve Day, exemplifying the athletic department’s commitment to #RallyTheValley and #RISEup. 

“We have amazing custodians and groundskeepers so campus always looks great, but this is a little way that we can give back,” Castner said. “We really felt like we made an impact on the university and community that gives so much to us.” 



Source link