San Antonio’s heartbeat runs a bit faster when the Spurs are rolling through the NBA playoffs.
And passersby, rolling up and down U.S. 281 through the heart of the city, can’t miss Trinity’s annual tribute to the silver and black: a three-story banner that simply reads, “GO SPURS GO.”
“The banner is a way for Trinity to show the community that we’re part of San Antonio,” says David Tuttle, dean of students. “Back in the 1990s, the Spurs started getting really good, and Spurs signs started going up all over San Antonio.”
So, Tuttle approached then-president John Brazil in 2004 and won approval to hang the GO SPURS GO banner from the most visible spot on campus: Murchison Tower. The sign has been a fixture every year the Spurs have made a playoff run since.
But this banner isn’t the only way Trinity shows Spurs spirit.
Since 1995, Trinity students, faculty and staff have also been a courtside fixture at NBA games in San Antonio thanks to Trinity Night Out: Spurs, (formerly “Spurs Night Out,” and “Night at the Spurs”).
The event, originally sponsored by the Superfund and Residential Living, has paid for transportation and block seating at two Spurs game each year. At its peak, the event has drawn upwards of 1,000 attendees, busing them from the north end of the intramural field down to the Alamodome and the Spurs current home, the AT&T Center.
This spirit extends to the professional world, too. While Trinity unfortunately has not produced any Spurs basketball players, the University has stocked a deep roster for Spurs Sports and Entertainment, the corporate arm of the franchise. More than 20 students and alumni currently serve as interns, professionals, and executives at this company.