On a damp and drizzly Friday morning, UT-University Charter School (UT-UCS) students, faculty, staff and friends came together to celebrate their brand new sport court at the UT-UCS Texas NeuroRehab Center (TNC) campus. Complete with basketball hoops and a four-square court, this new gift, provided by the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, is a welcome addition to the South Austin campus.
During the ceremony, several students shared their gratitude. One student stated that the sport court brought everyone together like a family reunion. Another said the activity area brought joy and happiness into his daily life.
Dottie Goodman (pictured above), executive principal of the UT-UCS TNC campus, expressed her excitement about the enrichment the new court will bring into the lives of her students with special needs. In addition to sports, students will use the space for various activities—from morning meditations to team-building exercises. The lessons they’ll learn from the court, she notes, will serve them well when they transition into the next phase of their lives.
Due to the rain, the ribbon-cutting portion of the ceremony was cancelled. Yet the weather didn’t dampen the indoor celebration. Dr. Melissa Chavez (pictured above), superintendent of the UT Charter School System, provided welcome remarks, highlighting the educational value of outdoor recreation.
Chavez, along with Goodman and teachers at UT-UCS TNC, gave a special thanks to the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation and Eddie Cornejo of CCS Construction Services.
A former Longhorn, Jordan Spieth is a celebrated professional golfer and philanthropist. The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation offers a platform for Jordan to lend time, help grow awareness and offer financial support for four philanthropic areas: special needs youth, junior golf, military support and pediatric cancer. Visit the foundation’s website for more information.