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HT Athletics has a rich history of excellence. The early days saw basketball coach Jackie Robinson (Sam Huston College, 1945, prior to signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers); student Willie Wells (Baseball Hall of Fame); football players Jimmy Hall and Julian Spence (who went on to play for the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals); and Jim Gathers’ 200-meter bronze medal win in the 1952 Olympics. More recently, HT student-athletes have included Victor Wallace (Pan American Games National Champion); Serge Vengono (100-meter sprinter in 2000 Olympics); Ben Parker (pitcher, drafted by the Cincinnati reds in 2004); nine National Champions in Track and Field; and Andre Pitts (veteran professional player of international basketball leagues.)


The mission of the Huston-Tillotson University Athletics Department is to provide opportunities for competition in intercollegiate athletics while ensuring an atmosphere that emphasizes both academic and athletic excellence. The Athletic Department is committed to the principle that participation in athletics is integral to the total educational process, as well as the personal growth of each student-athlete. We strive to ensure that all of our student-athletes are “Champions of Character” and model the values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Servant Leadership.

The Athletic Department conducts programs consistent with both the letter and spirit of the policies and regulations set forth by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), and Huston-Tillotson University. The mission of the Athletic Program is and shall always remain compatible with the mission of the University.

Ram Athletics Club

A big step that must be taken to ensure that HT can continue to attract, retain, and develop quality student-athletes is the successful implementation and operation of a specific fund-raising arm for the Athletics Department. The Ram Athletics Club is this new fundraising entity dedicated to supporting the needs of the sports programs, athletics-related initiatives, scholarships for qualified student-athletes, and the general operations of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

You will find specific details about the Ram Athletics Club through the links on this page. The main thrust is to offer individuals, families, businesses, and friends of the University an opportunity to see their generosity at work and be recognized (unless instructed otherwise) for those contributions. For the most part, contributions are sought for specific initiatives, maximizing the utility of the contribution, large or small.

We invite you to become an active member of the Ram Athletics Club—and watch your donation at work.