Academic and Student Services: Community Service
The Longhorn PRIDE Program (Personal Responsibility in Developing Excellence) guides student-athletes in developing life skills, performing community service and pursuing career and life goals. All of the hard work of our student-athletes and student services staff has recently been lauded, as the Longhorn PRIDE Program was named the best Life Skills Program in the nation.
Commitment to Community Service: To engage student-athletes in service to their campus and surrounding communities.
The PRIDE Program emphasizes the importance of service on campus as well as in surrounding communities, and engages student-athletes to better themselves through working with others. Annette Smith-Knight is the Student Services Community Service Coordinator, providing student-athletes with opportunities to connect within the community.
Outside agencies, including area elementary and middle schools and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as campus-organized events such as Longhorn Halloween and Orange Santa, constantly request for student-athletes to participate in an event, or to speak and mentor at schools.
Many student-athletes are also enrolled in majors with specific classes that require particular community service. Smith-Knight works with student-athletes to organize their service hours, while also monitoring their schedules and completed hours.
Common locations for community service include the Dell Children's Hospital, Garner Betts Juvenile Detention Center, The Marbridge Foundation, Macbeth Recreation Center and the Ronald McDonald House.
Student-athletes are rewarded for their engagement in the community through Student-Athlete of the Month Awards, as well as National Student-Athlete Day.
The PRIDE Program includes the following components: