Vote for Rick Barnes in The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge
Feb. 2, 2011
Texas Basketball coach Rick Barnes and the University of Texas Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) need your help now.
Vote for Barnes in The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge to earn the NLP a $100,000 donation.
Longhorns fans can vote once a day until March 11.
The NLP provides services to more than 5,000 students in second through eighth grades at 30 schools throughout the Austin community. With a partnership between the Austin Independent School District and UT Athletics, NLP is able to offer children real incentives to excel academically. Through various reading and leadership programs, students are rewarded with opportunities to attend UT sporting events, and even meet with coaches and student-athletes.
"Any time you are in the world of athletics, and the education world, you understand the importance of giving back and being part of something that's as good as the Neighborhood Longhorns Program," Barnes said. "Hopefully we can be some source of inspiration to help these young people dream dreams of pursuing and continuing education."
Although originally born into the UT Athletics family, NLP is currently housed in UT's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and more than 85 percent of the program's funding comes through fundraising initiatives.
For more information on NLP, visit their website at http://nlp.utexas.edu.