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Athletics Gives Back

Program recognized for community service

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For the second consecutive year, UT Arlington Athletics won the Sun Belt Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Initiative Award. The University has now claimed either this or the Community Impact Award every year since 2015-16.

The Athletics program at UTA has consistently made community service a focal point. Its student-athletes completed more volunteer hours than any other Sun Belt school, helping with both local and far-reaching organizations. These efforts include working with the Navajo Reservation to do outreach and put on events, holding a canned food drive for Mission Arlington, raising money and donations for food banks to help with COVID-19 relief, serving food at the Ronald McDonald House, educating people in the community about alcohol awareness, volunteering with the Special Olympics, and participating in myriad local events for children.

This year, Maverick athletes also made a global impact with a donation of 253 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls drive, which provides footwear for those in need in Africa.

“We pride ourselves on community involvement, and we’re honored to be recognized once again as a leading institution in the Sun Belt for our student-athletes’ commitment to service,” says Director of Athletics Jim Baker.

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