TWU, UNT come together as Denton's 'Home Teams'
Through the partnership, TWU students, faculty and staff may purchase specially priced tickets to UNT’s home football games. UNT students, faculty and staff will be invited to attend TWU home gymnastics meets during the spring semester. The football tickets sold through the TWU Student Union Office are for game dates that do not conflict with TWU volleyball or soccer games.
“Our students are excited about attending UNT football games because it adds to the college experience,” said Chalese Connors, TWU director of athletics. “In the spring, our TWU gymnastics meets will offer a completely different sports atmosphere for our UNT neighbors. We live in a unique community here in Denton where we can enjoy both NCAA Division I and Division II athletics.”
TWU will host a tailgate party at UNT’s Oct. 18 game against Southern Miss, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at Apogee Stadium in Denton. The first 100 students who purchase a specially priced football ticket will receive a free “Denton’s Home Teams” T-shirt at the TWU tent before the game. The T-shirt, which features a design incorporating TWU’s maroon and white and UNT’s green and white school colors, also will be sold for $15. For more information on purchasing the shirts, contact TWU Athletics at (940) 898-2378.
Many Denton community and business leaders have purchased the “Denton’s Home Teams” T-shirts to show their support for both universities.
“Having two universities in the same town provides unique entertainment and athletic choices for each school’s supporters,” said Rick Villarreal, UNT athletics director. “The fact that we have football and TWU has gymnastics affords all of the students, faculty, staff and the Denton community the opportunity to support both institutions on a united front. I am excited about how big I believe this partnership can be.”
The athletics collaboration is part of a larger formal partnership agreement between the two universities. Through this partnership, officials at both universities identify joint opportunities for students in academics and student services.
TWU and UNT began discussions about the athletics collaboration last year.
“The athletics collaboration gives students at both universities the opportunity to experience a sport they do not have at their respective university – football for TWU and gymnastics for UNT,” said Dr. Don Edwards, special assistant to the provost and chair of the mathematics and computer science department at TWU.
“The goal of the partnership is to provide a broader and deeper educational experience to students of both campuses,” said Dr. Jim Poirot, a UNT Regents Professor and special assistant to the provost.
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