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LENDING A HAND
student support groups play big role in overall success
Being a part of something bigger than yourself is a statement that fits Texas A&M and its students especially well.
This also extends to athletics—and not just the teams competing on the court, in the pool or between the white lines.
Attend football, baseball, basketball or tennis and you will likely notice groups of hard-working young women helping ensure that things run smoothly. Game programs? Check. Hospitality? Check. Lending a hand wherever it may be needed? Check.
Meet the Diamond Darlings, Aggie Dance Team, Aggie Angels, Aggie Hostesses and 30-Loves.
While not the focus of the day and in most cases behind the scenes, these Texas A&M Athletics student support groups are vital to the success of the programs they serve and the overall game day experience for student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans alike.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining any of the groups below, contact information is included in each section.
The Diamond Darlings are Texas A&M Athletics’ oldest student support group, founded in 1972 by legendary coach Tom Chandler’s wife, Willowdean, with the purpose of helping support and promote Aggie baseball.
The group of about 20 students assists with game day operations at Blue Bell Park—everything from selling programs to helping with on-field promotions, manning the guest services booths, assisting visitors to the stadium and much more.
Diamond Darlings also use their time to participate in several charitable and community service outings, including the annual Big Event and running their own “Diamonds in the Rough” golf tournament.
(article photo above is members of the 2014 Diamond Darlings with Mrs. Chandler, the organization's founder.)
AGGIE DANCE TEAM
Founded in 1990 as a student organization, the Texas Aggie Dance Team became an official support and spirit group for Aggie Athletics in the 1995-96 season.
Since then, the Texas Aggie Dance Team has grown to become a highly successful and visible support group. Made up of about 25 to 30 students, you will find the Aggie Dance Team at all home men’s and women’s basketball games, performing halftime and timeout routines. The team will also follow the Aggies to conference and post-season tournaments and has made appearances at numerous professional sports arenas around the state, including the Toyota Center and American Airlines Center.
We had so much fun volunteering at Navarro Elementary and reading to the children! 📚📖 pic.twitter.com/V21pgOHTOl— Aggie Dance Team (@AggieDanceTeam) November 8, 2013
The Aggie Hostesses are a student group with the goal of supporting the Texas A&M football program.
You will find them on the sidelines prior to home football games, providing assistance and hospitality to visiting prospects and their families, guests of the program and dignitaries. Hostesses work year-round to assist the coaching staff in many ways—not only on fall Saturdays, but through events such as Chalk Talk for Women, Coach’s Clinic, summer camps and more.
Like the other student groups, the hostesses can also be found giving back to the community of Bryan-College Station throughout the season.
Great time tonight at the Aggie Football Banquet! pic.twitter.com/2ojsw21qeq— Aggie Hostesses (@AggieHostesses) December 21, 2013
Made up of about 30 students, the 30-Loves are a long-standing student organization whose goal is to support the men’s tennis program.
Visible at all men’s tennis home matches, the 30-Loves work to make both the fans’ and the team’s game day experience a good one. In addition, the 30-Loves work throughout the year to promote the sport and the team and also participate in various community service activities.
A big thank you to all the hard work from this past years 30-Loves officers!! pic.twitter.com/1yeM4Xi7i0— Aggie 30 Loves (@aggie30loves) April 22, 2014
The Aggie Angels call Reed Arena home and are the student support group for the Texas A&M basketball teams.
Members’ primary focus is gameday operations, assisting in areas ranging from marketing to media services, officials and coaches hospitality and more. You can find the Aggie Angels each men’s and women’s game day selling programs on the concourse, distributing halftime stats to fans and helping toss out prizes, among other things.
The Angels are also heavily involved in community service, with members participating in the Relay for Life, Big Event, Coach Blair’s Celebrity Golf Classic and much more.
What an awesome retreat! pic.twitter.com/PxuhfoCFpf— Aggie Angels (@Aggie_Angels) September 30, 2013