Dec. 27, 2006
The UT Arlington Mavericks spent the Christmas holiday giving back to the community.
Now in its 10th year, the UTA/Mission Arlington Food Drive collected more than 2,200 food items to be distributed to families across Arlington during the holidays.
"(The UTA athletic department) are a real team concept and I like that," said Tillie Burgin, executive director and founder of Mission Arlington Inc. "The athletes do a tremendous job with their food rive and it is important for us at this time of year. After the Thanksgiving holiday, we deplete our food supply and we need to build it back up to get ready for the Christmas holiday."
In the team competition, the tennis program won with the most items donated for the drive.
The Athletics Department staff continued its annual sponsorship of less fortunate individuals and families in the Mission Arlington network.
The staff is divided into teams and each team fills the "wish list" composed by the recipients.
In addition, the men's basketball team made several appearances to local schools prior to the winter break by the Arlington Independent School District.
"I think it is important to let the guys know there is more to life than basketball," said UTA Men's Basketball Head Coach Scott Cross. "We enjoy going to schools to reinforce the kids to stay in school, listen to their teachers and to stay away from drugs. The messages are simple, but young people are looking for role models and we need to step up and show them the way."
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