What Texas Longhorns athletes have been up to with the Texas One Fund

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When Texas Longhorns athletes aren’t competing in games, preparing for them in practice, or continuing their studies, many have taken the time to work in the community as part of their association with the Texas One Fund, the official NIL collective of UT Athletics that supports student-athlete opportunities to use their NIL to promote charitable causes.

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Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte recently sang the praises of the Texas One Fund during his virtual athletics town hall on February 13.

“The Texas One Fund and what they do for us is second to none,” Del Conte said. “I can’t tell you how much I need you to support that organization. Recruiting the very best kids, they’re going to look at us and say ‘how do we do that?’ Texas One Fund plays a huge role in creating opportunities for our student-athletes.”

According to the Texas One Fund’s website, donations are used to compensate Longhorns “for their work with nonprofit partners.”

Take Texas football kicker Bert Auburn for example. Auburn, who currently is not on scholarship with the football program, posted a picture on Thursday of him cleaning up the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail that lines Town Lake near downtown Austin.

Opportunities with the Texas One Fund isn’t just limited to high-profile players on the football and men’s basketball teams. Swimmers Erin Gemmell and Emma Sticklen also posted a picture of them working to clean up Austin’s various hike and bike trails.

The most recent social media promotion from current Longhorns associated with the Texas One Fund was related to We Are Blood, the largest blood bank in the Central Texas area.

A number of Longhorns from both the Texas men’s basketball and football teams provided help to the Austin community by volunteering with Meals on Wheels of Central Texas.

Texas One Fund opportunities are more than just social media posts. During the most recent Austin Marathon, a number of Longhorns volunteered and cheered on marathoners running the 10K, the half-marathon, and the full marathon.

A number of recent enrollees in Steve Sarkisian‘s program were highlighted on social media, including Xavier Filsaime, Ryan Wingo, Christian Clark, Colin Simmons, Trey Moore, and Brandon Baker.

Some other outings in February include a visit to the Dell Children’s Hospital. Moore, Simmons, Wingo, Kendrick Blackshire, Michael Taaffe, Jahdae Barron, DeAndre Moore, and Alfred Collins visited some of the sick youth of Central Texas as part of a charity visit.

Other February NIL outings include a promotion of the Texas Military Forces museum…

… Hungry Souls…

…the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum…

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… and Pop-Up Birthday.

Longhorn athletes have more than just the opportunities available through the Texas One Fund, but the athletic department’s official NIL collective supports players young and old and the community at the same time.

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