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  • kids watching a science demonstration of fire
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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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promo Smart coaches challengeVoting began January 4 in the Infinity Coaches’ Charity Challenge. UT Austin basketball coach Shaka Smart has chosen the Neighborhood Longhorns Program as his charity. NLP could receive up to $100,000 if Coach Smart prevails! Vote early and often. First round voting is between Jan. 4-24. During that round the number of coaches will be cut from 48 to 24. There are four rounds with the final round ending March 13th. Each time a coach advances his charity wins more money. Vote daily at http://espn.com/infiniti.

The Neighborhood Longhorns Program is an incentive-based learning program that helps economically disadvantaged youth build a strong academic future. Each year NLP serves approximately 6,000 students in Title I schools, grades 2-8. Students have the opportunity to visit the UT Austin campus, meet student-athletes and coaches, and attend camps, workshops, and sporting and cultural events.

Coach SMART Challenge — Help Raise Money for the Neighborhood Longhorns Program!

Friends, Help us win $100,000 by supporting coach Shaka Smart in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. He’s competing against 47 other rival coaches to win much needed funding for UT Austin Neighborhood Longhorns Program. Every vote helps so go to ESPN.COM/INFINITI and vote daily for coach Smart. Your support will help us get the funding […]

Neighborhood Longhorns Holiday BOOK DRIVE –Donate a book to a needy child TODAY!

DONATE a new or gently used book to the Neighborhood Longhorns program kids.  Neighborhood Longhorns program serves over 4,600 kids in grades 2 thru 8th in Title I schools in the Austin area.  This year, in partnership with UT athletics and the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement, we are hosting our first-ever HOLIDAY BOOK […]

Neighborhood Longhorns Happenings Oct 2015

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Silver Spurs and UT Athletics Welcome Elementary School Students in NLP’s “College for a Day” Event

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. Texas Cowboys 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

Read the Austin Chronicle story at: http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:2015/poll:critics/category:kids/1650034/

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 […]