With the backing of the Corpus Christi community and supporters of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's athletic program, the Islanders men's basketball team helped earn scholarship pledges of nearly $11,000 through the Hoops for Blue Scholars promotion Feb. 15. The donations add to the One Hundred Club Scholarship, benefiting Corpus Christi Police Department officers and families.
Fans were encouraged to make a monetary pledge for every Islanders field goal in the Feb. 15 contest against Texas State. With 22 field goals made, it pushed the total pledged to nearly $11,000. CCPD Chief Troy Riggs was a strong proponent of the promotion, along with the University. Corpus Christi's One Hundred Club established the scholarship several years ago, and the Hoops for Blue Scholars promotion became a new resource for adding to the endowment.
"What a terrific success - $11,000 raised for scholarships that support our CCPD officers and families," Riggs said. "On behalf of all Corpus Christi Police Officers, I thank Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the entire Coastal Bend community for coming together to support this great cause."
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi community work hand-in-hand to create a wonderful place to live and learn, and the pledges made show commitment to the men and women in blue, said Dr. Trent Hill, the University's Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
"We did very well for a first-time promotion, and the response from the community will ensure that we can grow this scholarship in years to come," Hill said. "We look forward to next season's Hoops for Blue Scholars."
The Islanders men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday night, as it travels to San Antonio for a matchup with UTSA. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and can be heard over the airwaves on SportsRadio Corpus Christi (1230 AM, 103.3 and 96.1 FM).