Several student organizations help enhance the UT football experience for this school. Here are just a few that show Texas pride on a regular basis:
Longhorn Band– The “Showband of the Southwest” was founded in 1900 by Dr. Eugene P. Schoch, one of the University’s top chemistry professors, as a way of boosting school spirit and keeping traditions alive. The band performs at all in-state football games as well as specific pep rallies and parades. The LHB is also one of the largest collegiate bands, consisting of about 350 students. The band plays the University’s most recognizable and symbolic songs, “The Eyes of Texas” and “Texas Fight” along with several other songs that add spirit and energy to any place they are performed.
Texas APO– A co-ed fraternity, Texas APO (Alpha Phi Omega) focuses on the aspects of leadership, friendship and service throughout campus and the Austin community. Their most recognizable role is running the world’s largest Texas flag across the field before each home football game and performing various flag tricks for all to see. Members of the organization also perform much service on and off campus as a way of giving back to the community and developing leadership skills.
Silver Spurs – Members of this esteemed service organization are the “Handlers and Caretakers of Bevo.” Their other roles include supporting scholarships of the University, costs associated with Bevo, and the UT’s outreach programs for young local students. These group of men can answer any question you have about the University’s mascot and perform service that helps enhance UT’s traditions of giving back to the community.
Texas Cowboys – The honorary men’s service group was founded in 1922 under the motto “Give the best you have to Texas, and the best will come back to you.” This organization handles Smokey the Cannon at football games and other important UT events. The Texas Cowboys Alumni Association plays a large role in selecting members and upholding the organization’s role with the University.
Orange Jackets – The oldest honorary service organization at UT, this women’s group’s focus on scholarship, leadership, and service makes them one of the most respected organizations on campus. They are on the sidelines during home football games, and also lead “The Eyes of Texas” before kickoff. Orange Jackets alumnae include Dr. Margaret C. Berry, Shirley Bird Perry, and Lady Bird Johnson as well as many other well-known women alumni of UT.
Longhorn Hellraisers – The “loudest and proudest spirit group on campus” can be recognized as the students with orange and white painted faces and bodies at various UT athletic games all-year long. The Hellraisers stand front-row at every game and often travel to away games as well. They began in 1988 when school spirit appeared to be at rock bottom and have undoubtedly made a positive impact on the increasing school spirit here at UT.
If you’re interested in joining any of these organizations or any other ones not listed, reach out to these groups and find out how you can become a more spirited Longhorn!