University of Pittsburgh, Sun Bowl Association and United Way Team Up for Volunteer Project in Northeast El Paso

Prior to cheering on their team at the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game on Monday Dec. 31, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers staff, including Director of Athletics Heather Lyke, will leave their mark in El Paso. They have partnered with the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, the Sun Bowl Association and United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) for a volunteer project.* 

On Fri., Dec. 28, an estimated 35 Panther administrative staff and coaches’ wives will visit Veterans Park in Northeast El Paso to repaint United Way’s Born Learning Trail and plant trees and shrubbery.  

Born Learning Trails are a series of 10 interactive signs that offer, fun, active learning activities for young children and their families in an outdoor setting. El Paso Electric and their Summer College and High School interns installed El Paso’s first Born Learning Trails in the summer of 2016. 

“It’s really our pleasure to partner with the Pitt Panthers especially because they’ve insisted on spending their limited time here by giving back to our community,” said Deborah Zuloaga, President and CEO of UWEPC. “It’s even more meaningful that they want to help us retouch a trail known to bring El Paso parents and children together.”

The Pitt football team will play Stanford in the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl at Noon (MT) on December 31st. Team members will have a planned hospital visit, arranged through the Sun Bowl Association. 

*Pitt Athletics will fully fund the project.


Event Details:

University of Pittsburgh Panthers Volunteer Project

Fri., Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Veterans Park | 5301 Salem Dr.