ARLINGTON, Texas - The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced the final standings for the 2016-17 MAV Point Challenge, a measure of UTA's efforts in community service, with UTA women's basketball taking the top spot.
The Lady Mavericks finished with 4,800 points, while men's golf took the second spot (3,100) and women's tennis rounded out the top three (2,700).
"I am extremely proud of our women's basketball team for the time and effort they put into giving back to our community and University," UTA women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich said. "Being a servant leader is one of our core values that we preach to our players all the time. They are appreciative and grateful for the opportunity they have to play basketball at UTA, but also to represent UTA on and off the court. Winning the MAV Point Challenge is one way for them to show their appreciation and their servant leadership."
The efforts of UTA's SAAC team have helped the program earn the top spot going into the final month of the Sun Belt's Community Service Initiative. The Mavericks are the defending conference champions after claiming the top spot last season. UTA has led throughout the 2016-17 season in its quest to be back-to-back champions.
UTA's community service efforts have included helping at Miracle League of DFW, passing out turkeys at Mission Arlington, volunteering for the Salvation Army, helping at the annual Mavs Move-In as well as visiting local hospitals to bring happiness to kids in need.
"As Lady Mavs, we are leaders of our campus and what better way to lead than to serve," Gerlich said. "This is a full team effort and it takes commitment and determination to give back the entire year while in season, traveling and studying. I am proud to say I am the coach of these wonderful ladies. Congratulations Lady Mavs, job well done."
2016-17 MAV Point Challenge Final Standings
- Women's Basketball, 4800
- Men's Golf, 3100
- Women's Tennis, 2700
- Men's Basketball, 1650
- Softball, 1450
- Women's Track and Field, 1400
- Men's Tennis, 850
- Men's Track and Field, 800
- Volleyball, 600
- Baseball, 500
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