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Citizens Medical Center donates funds for soccer field windscreens

New windscreens are on the three bleachers at the UHV soccer field. The screens were purchased after a $10,000 donation from Citizens Medical Center.

The University of Houston-Victoria soccer field has a new look after a $10,000 donation from Citizens Medical Center.

The field at 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., also known as The Cage, now has custom windscreens on three sides. Screens that say “UHV Jaguars Soccer” also have been placed on the bleachers and feature the university’s athletics logo with jaX the jaguar.

Ashley Walyuchow

“The Cage is a venue to show school pride, and the university is grateful to Citizens for its generous donation,” UHV Interim President Vic Morgan said. “UHV constantly is searching for ways to partner with the Victoria community, and I thank Citizens for the decision to partner with us.”

The screens cover much of three sides of the soccer field. On the east fence bordering Ben Wilson, the screens shield the team benches. The screens feature the words “University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars” along with the logos for UHV Athletics and Citizens Medical Center. Along the south fence, a similar screen features a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics logo.

“Without that money, we would not have been able to upgrade the windscreen as much as we needed to,” UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow said. “The windscreens change the look of our soccer field immensely. It’s a visual improvement that brands the athletic program and makes it feel more like a home field.”

Jeff Ackerman

The money for the windscreens is not the only donation Citizens has made to UHV. The county hospital also is providing services such as physicals for athletes at the start of the semester.

“Citizens has given UHV much more than that $10,000,” Walyuchow said. “The physicals done by Citizens are more comprehensive and allow for a better examination of our student-athletes than we would have been able to provide.”

The decision to donate to UHV was an easy one, said Jeff Ackerman, interim CEO of Citizens Medical Center. The hospital understands the importance of supporting higher education in the community.

“We recruit and hire several graduates from various programs every year,” Ackerman said. “We’ve worked with the university for many years, and we look forward to collaborating with UHV on future endeavors.”

UHV’s next home games will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 against University of the Southwest.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.