UTRGV providing support services during TAAF 2016 Summer Games of Texas

The UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation mobile clinic is on hand at the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium at McAllen High School to help with sports- and heat-related health problems at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) Games of Texas, held this year for the first time in the Valley. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — JULY 28, 2016 — The 2016 Summer Games of Texas are under way in the Rio Grande Valley, and UTRGV is on site as a sponsor for three of the 17 sports represented.

The Games, an Olympics-style amateur sports festival that has youth and adult athletes compete in a variety of sporting events, started Friday, July 28, and runs until Sunday, July 31, across the Valley.

McAllen is the host city – the first time a city in the Valley has hosted the event – and thousands of people are competing across the Valley at a variety of athletics venues.

UTRGV is the official sponsor for the swimming event July 28-31 at the Edinburg Water Park, and will have representatives at the track and field event July 28-31 at the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, and at the soccer event July 29-31 at the McAllen Sports Park.

The UTRGV School of Medicine will provide medical assistance at the track and field event with Unimóvil, its new mobile medical clinic.

“The high temperatures we experience here in the Valley and limited shade can pose a variety of health risks, and so we are glad to make our staff and the Unimóvil available so we can help athletes, spectators and our community stay safe while enjoying these sporting events,” said Linda Nelson, senior director of clinical operations for the UTRGV School of Medicine.

In addition, Nelson and Dr. Jimmy Gonzalez, UTRGV Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, are spearheading medical care with the City of McAllen for the track and field events. 

Representatives from UTRGV and the School of Medicine will be at the swimming, soccer and track and field events to offer information about the university and its programs to those interested in higher education, and UTRGV will have volunteers at various competitions to help out.

Dr. Kimberly Selber, director of marketing, said the university wanted to support the community and saw the Games athletic event as a great opportunity to reach potential students.

“We want to make sure that people who come to the Games of Texas, who are visitors to the area, have a good experience, and that they know the university is here and what we offer,” she said.

The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF), a nonprofit organization established in 1925 that represents amateur athletics throughout Texas, began the annual Summer Games of Texas in 1986 to provide a positive environment to promote amateur athletes in a variety of sporting events. The federation began an annual Winter Games of Texas in 2006.


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