An important part of college life is selfless service to the university community and the community at large. Every UTEP student-athlete has numerous opportunities to participate in community service provided by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and other campus and community organizations. In 2012-2013, our student-athletes completed over 3,300 community service hours. Each year hundreds of appearances are made throughout the community by our student-athletes.
The UTEP athletic community has made a commitment to the children's hospitals in El Paso to continual support and involve themselves with efforts to help and join in many service opportunities.
UTEP participates in this campus wide initiative each year in which campus organizations/teams pair up with different organizations throughout the city and perform all different types of services. The purpose of the day is to provide students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University, with an opportunity to give back to the El Paso community as a volunteer. They will experience the importance of civic engagement, leadership and service.
"School is Cool"
UTEP Athletics has partnered with the schools in our community to increase interaction with El Paso. Local schools and community organizations submit countless requests to have our student-athletes speak to kids and various groups about being a Division I student-athlete, encouraging young kids to stay in school, read and stay away from drugs among many other topics.
SAAC Hunger Food Drive
The food drive is a C-USA initiative where each University in the conference collects non-perishable food items for a local food shelter. Last year, with the help of student-athletes and the El Paso community, UTEP raised over 7,300 lbs. for this cause. They placed 4th in the competition help within the conference, but also contributed to the needs of the El Paso community.
UTEP Campus Involvement
Student-athletes participate at many events on campus whether it is for the UTEP alumni department or various organizations on campus requesting their appearances. Involvement with the UTEP community is very important in order to give back to the community that supports them.
SAOF (Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund)
The Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund is intended to provide direct benefits to student-athletes or their families as determined by conference offices. As a guiding principal, the fund shall be used to assist student-athletes in meeting financial needs that arise in conjunction with participation in intercollegiate athletics, enrollment in an academic curriculum or that recognize academic achievement. All student-athletes, including international, are eligible to receive SAOF benefits regardless of whether they are grant-in-aid recipients, have demonstrated need or have either exhausted eligibility or no longer participate due to medical reasons.
Process for SAOF:
If you have any questions, contact your Life Skills Coordinators.
Want to partner with UTEP Athletics?
Are you interested in having student-athletes participate at one of you events? Fill out the form attached in the link below and either fax it to 915-747-5907 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org We request 2 weeks in advance notice, and reserve the right to turn down an opportunity per NCAA compliance rules.