Highland Lanes was a lively scene Saturday, Feb. 21, as National Football League (NFL) alumni bowled with teams from Austin businesses and students from DDCE’s Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP). NLP is one of the division’s pre-college academic readiness programs that helps increase student achievement and begin thinking about college at an early age.
Highland Lanes graciously provided the entire bowling alley and provided free sodas and cookies, while Rudy’s Barbecue fed the entire crew brisket, turkey, sausage and sides.DDCE Assistant Vice President Patrick Patterson catches up with UT Longhorn great Roosevelt Leaks.
The following businesses sponsored teams, raising $38,000 for NLP.
- Austin American Statesman
- Carlson, Brigance and Doering
- Doucet and Associates
- Friendly Car Care
- Howard Nirken
- Sitterle Homes
- University Federal Credit Union (UFCU)
- United Heritage Credit Union
Many thanks to all who participated and sponsored the event. Special thanks go to the Austin chapter of the NFL Alumni Association who have been involved in the bowling challenge for the past five years, helping provide incentives and tutoring to approximately 6,500 Title 1 students in the Austin Independent School District.Thanks to Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q for the great lunch. Diversity & Community Engagement Officer Vince Young was also around for bowling event, visiting with fellow former NFL players and NLP kids.