Friday, July 23, 2021
  Community, Athletics

By Jonah Goldberg

RIO GRANDE VALLEYThe University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and City of Brownsville announced on Friday a partnership to host youth clinics and athletic events, all of which is presented by Chick-fil-A Boca Chica.

The women’s soccer team will host a free youth clinic on Aug. 13 from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. followed by an intrasquad match at 7 p.m. at Brownsville Sports Park.

The clinic is open to girls ages 10-18 who are in elementary, middle or high school on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register in advance, interested participants can visit

All participants will be required to fill out a waiver on-site prior to the start of the clinic. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 3:30 p.m.

Additionally, the men’s soccer team will host St. Mary’s on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Brownsville Sports Park.

Admission to the matches is complimentary.

"I am thrilled that the City of Brownsville will be hosting events in conjunction with the UTRGV Athletics department,” said Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez. “I would like to commend UTRGV Director of Athletics Chasse Conque and all the city staff who worked hard to make this happen for our community. I hope that UTRGV considers more of these in the future."

“We are glad to have UTRGV Athletics engage with the Brownsville community beyond the university campus,” said Brownsville District 1 Commissioner Nurith Galonsky Pizana. “By hosting youth clinics and matches throughout the City of Brownsville, entire families will be able to participate and support UTRGV Athletics across the different generations.”

UTRGV Athletics plans to host more events from a variety of sports in Brownsville throughout the 2021-22 academic year. Full details will be available in the future.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the City of Brownsville to bring games and a free clinic to the Brownsville community,” said UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque. “The clinic gives us a great opportunity to engage with youth in the community while the ability to host matches gives us a great opportunity to expose our fans and UTRGV students to Division I athletics in the lower Valley. This is an important step in our mission to rally the entire Valley behind UTRGV Athletics.”

Chick-fil-A Boca Chica will be involved in all the events.

“As an alumnus of UTPA, I am proud that we will be the presenting sponsor of all UTRGV Athletics Engagement in Brownsville,” said Chick-fil-A Boca Chica Owner/Operator Amanda Esquivel. “We look forward to a great partnership with the University.”


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.