UT Arlington Athletics Raises $50,000 through Texas Trust Spirit Card

Money goes toward the general athletic scholarship fund

UTA Mavericks fan, Cade Olson, attempted to toss a cowboy boot into a barrel for a chance to win $50,000. (Photo: Business Wire)

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ARLINGTON, Texas--()--Texas Trust Credit Union’s Spirit Debit Reward card has generated $50,000 for the University of Texas at Arlington. The money earned from the debit card goes directly to the UTA Mavericks general scholarship fund.

The Mavericks Spirit Debit Reward program, which launched in August 2014, rewards UT Arlington with five cents from every eligible debit card purchase. The card can be used for everyday purchases such as gas, groceries, restaurants, entertainment, travel and more. There are currently more than 1,600 Mavericks Spirit Debit cardholders.

Texas Trust celebrated the reward milestone during the UTA Mavericks vs. Coastal Carolina baseball game. Festivities included a chance to win $50,000 by throwing a boot into a barrel from 45 feet away.

The UTA Mavericks receive Spirit Debit Rewards monthly based on Spirit cardholders’ usage. The Athletics Department has been able to offer several scholarships to athletes with the money earned so far.

“The Texas Trust Spirit Debit Reward Card gives us a unique way to increase our scholarship fund,” said Jim Baker, UTA’s director of athletics. “Through scholarships we are able to attract more top sports talent to UTA, which helps build our athletic program.”

Baker added, “Texas Trust has been an outstanding community partner for the Mavericks. They have added tremendous value to our program in everything they do for UTA.”

Texas Trust is a strategic partner of UTA and its intercollegiate athletics program. The credit union also contributed $100,000 to the university’s career development center, which serves to connect students and alumni with professional opportunities.

“UTA is integral to Arlington’s economic development,” said Jim Minge, president and CEO of Texas Trust Credit Union. “The Spirit Debit Reward program is just one more way that we can assist UTA and the entire community.”

High resolution pictures of the boot toss and an image of the UTA Mavericks Spirit Debit Reward card can be downloaded here.

About Texas Trust Credit Union

Texas Trust Credit Union was created in 1936. Today, more than 84,500 members are served through checking and savings accounts; loans (personal, mortgage, auto, and small business); credit cards; insurance products; and investment services. Texas Trust Credit Union supports local students through its Spirit Debit Rewards program. With every eligible swipe of a SDR card, funds are donated to the school or district of the member’s choosing. Texas Trust serves members in Dallas, Tarrant, Henderson, Ellis, and Johnson counties through 17 locations in Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, DeSoto, Hurst, and Athens. Texas Trust is one of the largest credit unions in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas. For more information, visit TexasTrustCU.org or follow us on facebook.com/texastrustcu or @texastrustcu.

Contacts

Texas Trust Credit Union
Shelley Carlson, 972-595-1223
scarlson@texastrustcu.org
or
Dux Public Relations
Kristine Tanzillo, 903-865-1078
kristine@duxpr.com

Release Summary

UTA Mavericks scholarship fund grew by $50,000 through cardholders usage of a Texas Trust Credit Union Spirit Debit Reward card.

Contacts

Texas Trust Credit Union
Shelley Carlson, 972-595-1223
scarlson@texastrustcu.org
or
Dux Public Relations
Kristine Tanzillo, 903-865-1078
kristine@duxpr.com