NLP Media Breakfast 7.19.10 Jody ConradtThere are two things no sports program can do without: athletes and fans. By the early 1990s, the UT Athletics Department had reason to worry about losing them both. Like many universities in Texas, a significant number of UT’s student athletes were African American. But historically UT’s overall enrollment of underrepresented or underserved students had been smaller than most of its neighbors. When new African American student enrollment fell in 1991, Longhorn student athletes joined the public in crying foul at the racist message this disparity sent.

Jody Conradt, then head coach of UT’s beloved Lady Longhorn basketball team, looks back on that painful time. “We had big problems. UT was just not seen as a welcoming place, particularly in communities of color. It hit morale and recruiting hard. We really needed to reach out and show that we cared.”

DSC_0030The Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP), devised by Conradt and colleagues Tom Penders, Donna Lopiano, and DeLoss Dodds in 1991, has done much to bridge the gap between UT and the communities that it wants to engage—one child at a time.
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On Friday, October 16th, 2015, over 150 2nd thru 5th grade students from Title I schools visited UT-Austin to take a peek at  life on campus.

Silver Spurs greeted students and guided students on campus tours.Silver Spurs greeted students and guided students on campus tours.


Soccer STEM Challenge: Explosive Results

CHEMISTRY IS FUN at the STEM Soccer Challenge Students participated in a variety of soccer drills, a “Fun with Chemistry” workshop, presented by one of our Chembridge partners, and UT Chemistry professors, Dr. Katie Biberdorf, and a math activity.  Needless to say, it was quite an “explosive” event! Dr. Katie Biberdorf, Chemistry professor at UT-Austin […]

Neighborhood Longhorns Program Wins “BEST BEVO BENEVOLENCE” Award from Austin Chronicle

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Summer STEM Camp

Neighborhood Longhorns Explore the Wonders of Science during Week-Long STEM Camp AUGUST 5, 2015 This week, a group of budding scientists are visiting various locations on the UT Austin campus and around Austin in pursuit of fun scientific adventures. From museum visits to hands-on experiments in computer labs, these students in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program […]

Neighborhood Longhorns Is Honored in Austin’s Best Benevolence Award

NLP Students Visit UT Austin Campus

About 50 students from Dawson and Zavala Elementary Schools who participate in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program had the opportunity to attend college for a day. Students toured campus then met with college students to talk about what it was like to attend The University of Texas at Austin. Such visits to campus are a major […]

Forestar Presents Neighborhood Longhorns Program with $15,000 Gift

Today, a group of Neighborhood Longhorns Program students, staff and friends visited Forestar for a pizza lunch and generous gifts including a $15,000 donation to support the program. The celebratory lunch included a talk by DDCE Development Officer Vince Young, who shared stories about his experiences in school and discussed the importance of attaining a college degree. Jim DeCosmo, […]

NFL Alumni Bowling Challenge Nets $38,000 for Neighborhood Longhorns

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 […]

Help Support Neighborhood Longhorns Students: Sponsor an NFL Bowling Challenge Team

Whether you’re prone to gutter balls or strikes, we would love to have you join us for the fifth annual NFL Alumni Bowling Challenge that benefits the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP). Former National Football League players from the NFL Alumni Austin Chapter play alongside sponsors and NLP students for a two-game challenge; during a third […]

Make Every Friday a #burntorangefriday

We know you love to wear burnt orange! Every Friday you now have the opportunity to show your Longhorn pride by wearing burnt orange and raise money for the Neighborhood Longhorns program, thanks to our friends at the University Coop. All you have to do is tweet a photo of yourself wearing burnt orange with […]