Homecoming returned to The University of Texas at Arlington with events such as the Street Festival and Parade, Chalk the Mall, a Chili Cookoff and more. Among the highlights:
- Sixteen organizations participated in the inaugural Chalk the Mall event, where Mavericks decorated the area in front of the UTA Library. La Sociedad Hispanica won the fan favorite competition with its design that highlighted both Hispanic culture and the student organization.
- Twelve teams battled in a Chili Cookoff, with the Office of Information Technology emerging as the winner and UTA Campus Recreation as runner up.
- The Movin’ Mavs men’s wheelchair basketball Homecoming tournament featured a game versus Alabama, which was a rematch of last season’s national championship game. The Movin’ Mavs clutched another victory winning 74-39.
- The festivities ended with over 450 Mavericks running in the Homecoming 5K followed by a Street Festival and Parade on Spaniolo Drive that lasted into the evening.
Jarious Johnson, a junior studying Communication and Broadcasting, said that while Homecoming is a celebration and a time to reflect on what it means to be a Maverick, it is also a time to look to the future.
“As alumni return to campus, I think about everything they have accomplished because of the education that they received here, and it makes me proud to be a student at UTA,” Johnson said. “One day I hope come home to UTA as an alumnus and be able to inspire others with stories of my successes.”