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UTSA volleyball team cooks breakfast for children at Ronald McDonald House

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UTSA student-athletes cook breakfast at Ronald McDonald House

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(Dec. 7, 2009)--The UTSA volleyball team did its part Dec. 2 to share the holiday spirit by preparing and serving breakfast at the local Ronald McDonald House. The national organization provides comfort and care to seriously ill children and their families

The morning's menu included scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee, and the meal was served to 25 people.

"It's so important that we expose our players to all walks of life and help them realize how fortunate they are," said Laura Neugebauer-Groff, UTSA eighth-year volleyball head coach. "Events like today show them what kind of impact they can have on the lives of those they help and the world when they graduate."

Senior captain Stefanie Robbins said the experience not only was important to every member of the team, but it was entertaining to watch her teammates take turns cooking.

"One of the more enjoyable things about being a member of the team is the community service projects we do every year," Robbins said. "It is a great opportunity for us to give back to those less fortunate and it shows us how lucky we are. Coach Groff stresses the importance of community service and it is something we really enjoy doing. The best part about today was seeing my teammates try to cook, but I think we put together a pretty good meal."

It was another in a long list of community service projects in which the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics participates. One of the programs, Roadrunners For Education, fosters positive attitudes among local elementary, middle and high school students, while allowing UTSA student-athletes to serve as role models and give back to the San Antonio community that supports Roadrunner athletics. A major goal of UTSA Athletics is to develop each student-athlete into a productive citizen away from the playing field.

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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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