Texas Relays Community Event Organizers To Be Honored

EVENT: The University of Texas at Austin and the City of Austin will host a reception to celebrate the 2011 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays event and to honor local businesses and individuals who plan and organize events during the Texas Relays weekend. The event is by invitation only.

WHEN: Friday, April 8, 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.

BACKGROUND: The Texas Relays Reception is held in honor of the commitment the university and the city make to cultural diversity and community engagement during the historic Texas Relays event. Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, and Austin City Council Member Sheryl Cole, along with other university and city representatives, will honor community leaders for their part in organizing public events throughout the weekend. The honorees include the Austin Independent School District, Urban Music Fest, Pursuit of Dreams Foundation and B.L. Joyce Parade [PDF].

The Texas Relays are a track-and-field competition for high school, college and professional athletes held annually at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium at The University of Texas at Austin. Last year the relays drew an estimated 21,000 people, and filled 95 percent of the stadium's capacity. The 84th annual Texas Relays are April 6-9, 2011.