Austin FC and a number of of the growth membership’s companions have donated $20,000 to Huston-Tillotson College’s Persistence Is Energy scholar initiative as a part of this year’s Black History Month.
Huston-Tillotson is Austin’s first college (based in 1875) and is town’s solely Traditionally Black School and College (HBCU).
“This year, as our membership celebrates Black History Month and the achievements of Austin’s Black neighborhood, Austin FC and our founding companions are collectively taking motion,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said in a launch. “Via this funding in Huston-Tillotson College, we’re investing in Black Austin and the HT college students of immediately who will turn out to be the leaders of Austin tomorrow.”
Austin FC’s founding companions embody YETI, Q2, St. David’s HealthCare and Netspend. They’re all collaboratively investing within the metropolis’s Black neighborhood, hoping to supply alternatives for brighter futures.
Kaitlin Swarts, Austin FC’s vice president of neighborhood affect and government director of 4ATX Basis, offered perspective on what the donation to Huston-Tillotson will present.
“In talking with the leaders at Huston-Tillotson College, one of the spectacular issues I realized about HT college students is that they’re taught that persistence is energy,” Swarts said in a launch. “Forty percent of HT college students are the primary of their households to go to school.
“The distinction a university schooling can make of their lives and their households’ lives is exponential. And whereas change doesn’t occur in a single day, by way of the ability of persistence and with the help of an establishment like HT, these college students can go on to do great issues and form our neighborhood.”
Within the coming weeks, Austin FC and their founding companions will share tales of Huston-Tillotson’s legacy and promote efforts round Black History Month and equality in Austin.