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    When it comes to college basketball, everyone wants to win, but the winning doesn't have to stop on the court. Here you can keep track of your Cougars, as they get out in the community and do their part in an effort to give back to a city that already provides so much support for the University of Houston.

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    August 8, 2014

    Houston Recaps Summer of Giving 


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    HOUSTON--- With the new academic school year right around the corner, summer has just about come and gone. But while most college students used the summer to take a break from it all or get some much-needed rest from a stressful academic school year, the University of Houston Women's Basketball team spent its time giving back and getting involved in its community.

    "We all had a great time this summer," said head coach Ronald Hughey. "Not only did we all get a chance to get to know one another, but we were able to get out and do some good things for a community that already does so much for us."

    Your Cougars spent time at the Texas Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, Star of Hope, hanging with Harlie, Meals on Wheels, chilled for charity, and launched their original student-athlete mentor program.

    Click below to watch a video recapping the Cougars' busy summer.


    July 24, 2014

    Cougars Team Up With Mentors at Star of Hope


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    HOUSTON--- The Cougars' summer of giving continued this week, as members of the women's basketball team split up and volunteered at three different Star of Hope locations on Thursday.

    While the outing marked the second time UH has volunteered with the Star of Hope this summer, the experience also served as the Cougars' first community service outing with their newly appointed mentors. Houston launched its original student-athlete mentor program back on June 19.

    "This was such a great experience, not only because it gave the team another opportunity to give back, but the athletes were able to do it with their mentors," said director of student-athlete services Kassen Gunderman. "The mentors got a chance to see what these student-athletes do every week and I think they got just as much out of the experience as the athletes did."

    The Cougars and their mentors spent the afternoon preparing and serving nutritious meals for hundreds of people within the Houston community.Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. To find out how you can help, visit www.sohmission.org.

    The Cougars visited Houston's Ruiz, Ardmore. and Dowling St. locations on Thursday.


    June 26, 2014

    Women's Hoops and Volleyball Join Forces to Volunteer at Meals on Wheels


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    HOUSTON - The University of Houston Women's Basketball and Volleyball programs continued their weekly community service commitments, as the squads traveled to the new Meals on Wheels location in downtown Houston on Wednesday.

    The teams helped assemble breakfast bags alongside the delivery drivers. The breakfast bags are delivered once a week to senior citizens and provide seven days worth of breakfast.

    "We had a great morning today at the new downtown location of Meals of Wheels," said associate head volleyball coach Jenny Andrew. "What an awesome opportunity to travel just a few minutes from University of Houston campus and make an impact on so many lives. The team and staff assisted in packing and organizing meals for  5,000-lunch meal deliveries for this afternoon."

    During the off-season, both programs have made it their missions to serve the local community at least once a week.

    Interfaith Ministries has been helping Houston's own since 1955, while the Meals on Wheels program provides almost 4,500 hot meals for individuals in need every day.

    To find out how you can help, visit www.imgh.org.


    June 20, 2014

    Cougars Complete #Chillin4Charity Challenge 


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    HOUSTON--- The University of Houston Women's Basketball program accepted and completed the #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge, as head coach Ronald Hughey and the rest of the coaching staff had buckets of ice water dumped on their heads in an effort to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Friday afternoon.

    The Cougars became the latest participants in a movement that has gone viral this summer, as women's basketball coaches and staff members alike have challenged each other to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. So far over 50 collegiate women's basketball programs have participated in the event.

    "This is just a great idea coach Niya Butts and her staff came up with at the University of Arizona," said head coach Ronald Hughey. "Not only is this a fun way to get out and support a great cause, but it's really hot in Houston so more water on our heads, the better!"

    "In all seriousness, this is a great thing and our program is just so thankful to be a part of it."

    The Cougars were challenged by the University of Arizona Women's Basketball program to take part in the challenge, and now that Houston has completed the challenge, each one of Arizona coaching staff members will donate $50 to the fund.

    The UH coaching staff has now made its challenges, and if the challenge is met, each one of them will donate $50 to the cause.

    The challenges have been dished out. Click the video below to see who will be #Chillin4Charity next!

    To donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, please visit donate.kayyow.com


    June 19, 2014

    Cougars Launch Mentor Program


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    HOUSTON--- The University of Houston Women's Basketball program officially launched its original student-athlete mentor program, as it hosted an introductory luncheon on Thursday inside the Athletics/ Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Houston.

    The Cougars hosted over 20 different successful businesswomen from a plethora of different career fields for a luncheon, as the student-athletes became acquainted with their new mentors. 

    "We're so excited to take part in this program," said senior forward Terran Alford. "These women have accomplished some amazing things and have gone through what we're currently going through. I can't wait to hear the guidance they have to give."

    The event featured multiple videos (seen below) of the Cougars introducing themselves, while sharing their various hobbies, future goals, and aspirations with their new mentors.

    "This is such an awesome thing to be a part of," said new mentor and local salon owner Athena Laster. "The University of Houston has played such a big part in my life and I couldn't think of a better school to get involved with."

    "I had so many mentors growing up and there is no way I'd be where I am today without them, so to get the opportunity to be on the other side and give back is a big deal for me."

    The mentorship program will focus on critical developmental areas such as life skills, problem-solving skills, self-control skills, stress management skills, and conflict resolution techniques. Student-athletes will meet with their mentors every few weeks as they strive to not only succeed on the basketball court, but off the basketball court as well.


    June 18, 2014

    Cougars Volunteer at Meals on Wheels


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    HOUSTON--- The Cougars continued their summer of giving, as they supported Interfaith Ministries' Meals on Wheels program by packing up various meals for Houston seniors on Tuesday.

    The Cougars spent time packing up over 200 boxed meals that will be delivered to home-bound seniors all over the Houston area. The program gives seniors the nutritional support they need to stay independent in their own homes without having to spend a dime.

    "This was just another opportunity for us to be selfless and give back to a community that already shows so much support for our university," said head coach Ronald Hughey. "Any way we can help as a program and brighten someone else's day, we're all in for."

    "It especially means a lot to provide for our seniors. These people are moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas. Our parents and grandparents sacrificed so much for us, this is the least we can do for them."

    Interfaith Ministries has been helping Houston's own since 1955, while the Meals on Wheels program provides almost 4,500 hot meals for individuals in need every day.

    To find out how you can help, visit www.imgh.org.


    June 13, 2014

    Cougars Spend the Day with Harlie


    Photo Gallery | VIDEO: Harlie Teaches the Cougars How to Dance

    HOUSTON--- The University of Women's Basketball team spent the afternoon hanging out with Harlie on Friday.

    The Cougars spent the day dancing, playing games, sharing stories, and swapping laughs with Harlie. The day concluded with everyone eating cake and watching a movie.

    Harlie was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called pilocytic astrocytoma in April of 2011. You can follow Harlie's brave journey by liking the official Hope For Harlie Facebook page at Facebook.com/hopeforharlie and by following her on Twitter @HopeForHarlie.


    June 11, 2014

    Women's Basketball and Volleyball Volunteer at Star of Hope


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    HOUSTON - The University of Houston Volleyball and Women's Basketball programs spent a morning of their summer break volunteering at the Star of Hope Mission on Wednesday. 

    The two teams split between two facilities to serve breakfast and help prepare lunches at the local facility kitchens. Director of Leadership Academy Sasha Blake helped coordinate Houston Volleyball with the Star of Hope Mission.

    "The experience made me stop and think about the homeless or less fortunate and how our UH community could easily make an impact if every student took a little time to share a small act of kindness like we did today," senior middle blocker Kaiti Waters said. "If we could just give back once a week, so many people would be impacted including ourselves."

    Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.


    May 30, 2014

    Cougars Spend Time at Texas Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House

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    HOUSTON--- The University of Houston Women's Basketball team took a break from their offseason workouts to spend some time with the kids from the Texas Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House this past week.

    The Cougars played games, shared stories, and even showed off some of their basketball skills in an effort to brighten the days of some of Houston's youth.

    "It's so important for us to go out and make a positive impact in our community," said head coach Ronald Hughey. "But even more importantly, I want our players to understand that things aren't that bad. There is always someone who has it worse off than you do.

    "We live in such a `me' society today, where everyone wants things done right away. In reality though, if we look after each other as people, good things will happen to us as individuals. I want our team to be selfless, not only on the court, but off the court as well. That's going to be one of the biggest things we stress as a program."

    The Ronald McDonald House has been serving communities for over 40 years and now has over 338 houses located across the United States. The organization is dedicated to helping sick children overcome their illnesses

    The RMHC now has over 144,000 volunteers and staff members working tirelessly to help and support America's youth and their families. To see how you can help, visit www.rmhc.org.

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