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UTSA student organizations serve during United Way Days of Caring

United Way Days of Caring

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(Oct. 30, 2009)--Every October, United Way hosts Days of Caring, a three-day service event that brings out thousands of volunteers from companies and universities for a day of service at dozens of projects across the San Antonio community. Two UTSA student organizations participated this year.

The student group UMOJA and members of Delta Sigma Theta brought more than 20 volunteers to the Communities In Schools ropes course to make improvements to the site. The group trimmed trees, cleared brush and did some gardening work at the site to help make it accessible to the students visiting the course. This is the second time UMOJA has volunteered with the CIS ropes course, one of many service projects with which the group participates each year.

Fifteen members of UTSA's VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) volunteered at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center as part of Days of Caring. On San Antonio's South Side, the center is a designated wildlife refuge and a natural migratory bird route.

For the VOICES project, the students were divided into two groups to help the staff lay new mulch onto a walking trail. One group was responsible for transporting the mulch to the designated section, while the other group helped lay down the mulch and spread it throughout the trail. The volunteers finished what had been an incomplete section of the trail.

To find out how you can get involved, visit the UTSA Volunteer Services Web site or stop by the VOICES/Volunteer Services office in University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus.

Learn more at the VOICES Web site or e-mail UMOJA or find UMOJA on Facebook.

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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