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Get Mentally Strong with Texas Athletics!

 

 

In 2016, the NCAA reported college campuses have seen an increase in the number of students experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. More specifically, 1 in 2 college students will suffer from depression and anxiety, 1 in 5 will suffer from disordered eating behaviors (both men and women) and 1 in 3 will report sleep difficulties. Nearly 500,000 NCAA student-athletes compete in 24 sports every year. In 2015, 30 percent of those 500,000 student-athletes self-reported similar experiences with conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, alcohol/substance abuse, disordered eating among others. More than half of these students did not receive education on mental health. Student-athletes are believed to be at greater risk than their non-student-athlete peers.

Here at Texas, we believe what starts here changes the world. We look for your support as we continue to ensure our student-athletes gain access to effective mental health management tools while destigmatizing the conversation and spreading awareness. Donations can be made through this website. The fund will directly benefit current and future Longhorns by supporting one-on-one counseling, educational materials, addiction assistance, mental health screening and information on how to access these resources in a health-promoting environment.  

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SURPRISE CHALLENGE
The group with the most gifts between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. central will win an extra $3,000!
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SURPRISE AGAIN!
The group with the most gifts between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. central will win an extra $3,000!
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University-Wide Leaderboard: Number of Gifts
Every gift and every donor makes a difference! The colleges, schools, units or organizations that received the most gifts during 40 for Forty get a bonus $1,000, $3,000 or $5,000.
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University-Wide Leaderboard: Money Raised
Thank you for your generosity! The colleges, schools, units or organizations that raised the most money during 40 for Forty get a bonus $1,000, $3,000 or $5,000.
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Kick-Off Challenge
Congratulations to Texas Crew for winning the Kick Off Challenge!
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Hidden Bevo Contest
We’ve hidden 20 stuffed Bevos in common areas across the Forty Acres. When you find one, let everyone know by posting a picture with #UT40for40! Follow @UTAustin on Twitter for clues! Winners can designate a $500 gift to the UT Austin area of their choosing.
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Geographic Challenge
Keep an eye on the 40 for Forty heat map! The first donor from each U.S. state gets an additional $200 added to your donation.
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Jeanne and Mickey Klein Challenge
Mickey Klein has generously offered to match the first $10,000 in gifts to the Texas Athletics' Get Mentally Strong initiative, providing mental health services to student athletes, including 1:1 counseling, educational materials, addiction assistance, mental health screening, and information on how to access these resources in a health-promoting environment.
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Class of 2019 Presidential Match
Gifts made by members of the class of 2019 will be matched dollar for dollar as part of the Senior Class Gift Presidential Match! Match amount is capped at $50,000 for all gifts through #UT40for40 and the Senior Class Gift
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Longhorn Selfie Challenge
Congratulations to the winner benjilikesmangos
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The Great 40 Hour Scavenger Hunt
Participating student groups have just 40 hours to complete as many scavenger hunt challenges as they can! Challenges will be posted to social media between 6 a.m. April 3 and 10 p.m. April 4. Groups will receive additional rules before the hunt kicks off. 1st Place: $5,000 2nd Place: $2,000 3rd Place: $1,000
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Lunch Break Match
Make your gift between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 3 — the first $10,000 in online gifts will be matched!
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Hook 'Em Parents Match
Parents, this match is for you! From 12-3 pm on April 4, the first $5,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made by parents of current UT students will be matched.
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Faculty/Staff Lunchtime Match
Take a long lunch! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts from 12-3 pm on April 4 made by UT Austin faculty and staff, up to $250 each, will be matched.
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Final Countdown Match
Get your gift in under the wire! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made from 8-10 pm on April 4 during the countdown will be matched.
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Happy Hour Challenge
Congratulations to the Longhorn Band!
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All-Nighter Challenge
Congratulations to the Longhorn Band!
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Mid-Morning Stretch Challenge
Take a break and make a gift! The college, school, unit or organization that receives the greatest number of unique online gifts between 9 – 11 a.m. on April 4 wins an additional $3,000.
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Payroll Deduction Match
The first $10,000 in payroll deduction pledges made by UT Austin faculty and staff between March 13, 2019 and April 2, 2019 will be matched up to $10,000. Matches will count for payroll deduction gifts from the date of enrollment until August 31, 2019. There is no maximum individual donation amount for this opportunity.
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