March 17, 2014
By Kory Walker | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington student-athletes and staff members participated in a community service program at Uplift Summit International Prep School in Arlington. The event was held March 1 as part of the SLANT Program.
Service Learning Adventures in North Texas (SLANT) is a student-led service-learning program that inspires youth to improve their communities in creative and meaningful ways.
In 2010, SLANT’s 45 North Texas signature education program for Super Bowl XLV became one of the largest service-learning projects in U.S. history. This year, the program is making a comeback as the legacy project for the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The Mavericks worked side-by-side with SLANT teams to complete several beautification projects such as planting trees, removing debris from around the campus, building sitting benches outside and painting.
“I really enjoyed giving back to the community because 100 percent of the kids we helped go to college,” Tarah Bishop said. “The kids were really motivated and energetic and I was glad I could help give back to such an amazing group.”
“Nothing feels better than an opportunity to give back to the community,” Julianne Burch said. “I am glad we got the opportunity to serve others.”
The Mavs continue to make an impact not only in the classrooms and on the playing fields, but also in the community by participating in service events such as SLANT. Student-athletes at UTA are willing to sacrifice time to help serve and make a positive impact on others.
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