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Regulation-sized sports court to open at UTSA Downtown Campus

Ricardo Romo

UTSA Downtown Campus sports court

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(Sept. 21, 2010)--Three-point cheers, blocked-shot "ahhhs" and half-court action will soon take place every day at the UTSA Downtown Campus. University officials will break ground at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, for a regulation-sized sports court.

The event will be at the grassy area between the Durango and Frio Street buildings. In case of rain, the event will be in the Frio Street Building commons. The all-weather court will feature a soft-rubberized surface durable enough to handle the fiercest baller.

"We are really excited," said Rudy Mendez, program coordinator for campus recreation at the Downtown Campus. "We have a weight room and group exercise room on the third floor of the Durango Building, but with the addition of the sports court, this is like our new recreation center."

Construction on the blue- and orange-trimmed court with the prominent Rowdy head in the center is scheduled to begin Sept. 27 with an anticipated completion date sometime in January, possibly earlier. It will be used to host basketball and volleyball games.

"The court will be available during the day for open recreation. Students can check out basketballs from our recreation center office," said Mendez, who added that a schedule has not been decided. but is certain to include alternating times for open basketball and volleyball play.

The court, which will be lighted, will be used at night for league play and will be available for rent by the general public.

The court is part of a Downtown Campus plan to offer students a variety of intramural and strength and conditioning opportunities. Plans also are in the works to install a floating wooden floor in the group exercise room so that more high-impact classes can be offered as well as dance classes.

"The dance classes will be in partnership with UTSA's music department. These will be classes that any student can take," said Mendez.

For more information about the sports court or upcoming plans for recreation at the Downtown Campus, e-mail Rudy Mendez.

 

 

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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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