Commitment to Service
An important part of college life is selfless service to the university community and the community at large. This commitment provides student-athletes with an opportunity to begin a lifelong habit of volunteerism. 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. Each year more than 500 appearances are made throughout the community by UTEP student-athletes.
Children's Hospital Visits
Every week student-athletes have the opportunity to participate in scheduled hospital visits, spending time with the patients of Providence Children's Hospital and sharing some special moments. The time is usually spent telling stories, playing with toys and signing autographs.
Student-Athlete Speakers Bureau
Student-athletes respond to requests to speak at a variety of events within the community. Topics usually include: College experience; overcoming adversity; importance of community service; and what students can do in high school to be successful in college. Requests must be made in writing 2-3 weeks prior to the speaking date.
C-USA Soccer Championships Community Service:
UTEP Athletics is serving as the host for the 2012 Conference USA Women's Soccer Tournament. As part of that opportunity, student-athletes from across the league will visit with patients at the El Paso Children's Hospital at 4845 Alameda Street on Nov. 1.
Pen Pal Program:
The Pen Pal program is in its third year at the school. The program, which was recommended by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), pairs Miner teams with elementary students from the region, state, nation and world. The initiative proved to be successful during the first two years of existence, with participating schools corresponding with student-athletes from a variety of UTEP teams. Being involved with the community is extremely important to UTEP Athletics, evidenced by Miner student-athletes performing close to 3,600 hours of community service during the 2010-11 academic year.
Bubbles for Trouble:
Student-Athletes can bring in mini shampoo, conditioner, and soap from hotels while traveling. We have a box in Life Skills that they can drop them off at. Once we have these items we bring them to local shelters and families in need. This is a simple yet helpful way for the student-athletes to help out the El Paso Community.
For additional information on how to sign up for these programs, contact us at email@example.com. For other community service requests, please follow the instructions on the link below.