UT Arlington Athletics raises $50,000 through Texas Trust Spirit Card

Money goes toward the general athletic scholarship fund

ARLINGTON, TX (May 15, 2017)Texas Trust Credit Union’s Spirit Debit Reward card has generated $50,000 for the University of Texas at Arlington. The money earned from the debit card goes directly to the UTA Mavericks general scholarship fund.

The Mavericks Spirit Debit Reward program, which launched in August 2014, rewards UT Arlington with five cents from every eligible debit card purchase. The card can be used for everyday purchases such as gas, groceries, restaurants, entertainment, travel and more. There are currently more than 1,600 Mavericks Spirit Debit cardholders.

Texas Trust celebrated the reward milestone during the UTA Mavericks vs. Coastal Carolina baseball game. Festivities included a chance to win $50,000 by throwing a boot into a barrel from 45 feet away.

The UTA Mavericks receive Spirit Debit Rewards monthly based on Spirit cardholders’ usage. The Athletics Department has been able to offer several scholarships to athletes with the money earned so far.

“The Texas Trust Spirit Debit Reward Card gives us a unique way to increase our scholarship fund,” said Jim Baker, UTA’s director of athletics. “Through scholarships we are able to attract more top sports talent to UTA, which helps build our athletic program.”

Baker added, “Texas Trust has been an outstanding community partner for the Mavericks. They have added tremendous value to our program in everything they do for UTA.”

Texas Trust is a strategic partner of UTA and its intercollegiate athletics program. The credit union also contributed $100,000 to the university’s career development center, which serves to connect students and alumni with professional opportunities.

“UTA is integral to Arlington’s economic development,” said Jim Minge, president and CEO of Texas Trust Credit Union. “The Spirit Debit Reward program is just one more way that we can assist UTA and the entire community.”

High resolution pictures of the boot toss and an image of the UTA Mavericks Spirit Debit Reward card can be downloaded here.

UTA Mavericks fan, Cade Olson, attempted to toss a cowboy boot into a barrel for a chance to win $50,000

About Texas Trust Credit Union

Texas Trust Credit Union has been helping build brighter financial futures since its modest beginning in 1936. Today, the full-service credit union serves more than 133,000 members. With assets of more than $2 billion, Texas Trust is the 6th largest credit union in North Texas and the 17th largest in Texas. With a focus on the community, Texas Trust is creating a legacy of giving through generous financial donations that support local school programs and activities, non-profit organizations, and student scholarships; and by providing volunteer resources through its Community Unity team, which supports scores of charitable events each year. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at @texastrustcu.


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