(May 9, 2013) -- Three years ago, Silver & Black Give Back -- the Spurs Sports & Entertainment nonprofit -- launched the Team Up Challenge. Last year, UTSA students Fedra Chapa and Tessa Benavides were paired with two of the groups recently named Team Up Challenge Champions. Their student groups received $20,000 respectively to continue serving their communities.
The Team Up Challenge is a unique youth-led, service-learning program that challenges K-12 students to address a community need. Students must create a program that falls into one of these five categories: arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness or uniformed services.
Each Team Up Challenge group is paired with a college student Scholar to provide guidance throughout the year of service. Scholars provide assistance to the students in the planning and execution stages of the projects. Throughout the year, Scholars help the Team Up Challenge students bring to life what is taught in the classroom, while also navigating students through the real-world hurdles they may face.
Last year, the very first group of Team Up Challenge Scholars, presented by AT&T, was selected. UTSA provided five Team Up Challenge Scholars, and Silver & Black Give Back is grateful for the continued interest and support shown by the Roadrunner community. Among these five students were Chapa and Benavides. Both Chapa and Benavides are students in the Master of Public Administration degree program in the UTSA College of Public Policy.
In addition to providing guidance, Scholars coordinate a day to bring students to the UTSA campus for a college visit. Some of the Team Up students will be the first in their families to actively pursue a college degree. The positive influence from a Team Up Scholar can go a long way in motivating the K-12 students to plan for life after high school.
With the Team Up Challenge program, Silver & Black Give Back sees youth-led service learning happening on more than one level as K-12 students bring projects to life and college students guide them along the way.
While the 2013 Summer Team Up Challenge projects are getting underway, Silver & Black Give Back is already planning for the 2013-2014 Team Up Challenge year. College students interested in becoming a Scholar can submit an application at TeamUpChallenge.com. Scholars receive invaluable leadership training and a $500 stipend per semester that runs Sept. 11-April 15.
For more information, visit the Silver & Black Give Back website.
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.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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