There 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.”
The 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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Help us honor UT Austin President Bill Powers, play a little golf with 200 of your fellow Longhorn supporters, and raise money for the Neighborhood Longhorns Program by participating in Bevo’s Celebrity Golf Tournament, May 17-18.
The Gala will be held Sunday, May 17 AT&T Conference Center with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner. Guests will be treated to dinner, live music and live and silent auctions as we celebrate our honoree, President Bill Powers. The event will commemorate Powers’ distinguished legacy of leadership and commitment to education. You may buy tickets to the gala without participating in the golf tournament.
The tournament gets underway Monday, May 18, at the UT Golf Club (Tee Times, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) It features a double shotgun start: one for the morning and on for afternoon play. Forty NLP celebrity and 160 amateur players make up the field, which is divided into five-person teams consisting of four amateurs and one NLP celebrity. The tournament is played on a scramble format, with prizes awarded for the first three low-gross teams. Golfers will receive breakfast or lunch as well as commemorative gifts and the opportunity to win additional prizes throughout the day. Download the PDF that includes sponsorship levels and ticket prices.
Special thanks to Al Matthews and the National Association of Professional Athletes (NAPA), who founded the Celebrity Golf Tournament in 1992 to benefit youth in our community.
All proceeds benefit The Neighborhood Longhorns Program.
Sponsored by University Federal Credit Union.