North Texas Student-Athletes Assist With Family Olympics

Mean Green football players gave up a part of their weekend in order to make the 4th annual Denton Family Resource Center's "Family Olympics" a big success. Roy Bishop, Ja'Mel Branch, T.J. Raymond and Johnny Quinn were on hand at the event, held this past Saturday at Fouts Field, to assist with family-style track and field events. They were also occasionally called upon to participate.

"This is a fund-raiser for the Denton Family Resource Center and is designed to have families particpate in the activities together," said Hank Dickenson, senior associate athletic director at North Texas and a member of the DFRC Board. "We began subbing in the student-athletes when the parents got a little tired. T.J. ran a few races for one Dad. Ja'Mel, Johnny and Roy might have been too big of a help in the track events, but T.J. proved a popular choice. Actually all four of our kids were great and we really appreciated having them there. There are no better ambassadors for this athletic program than our own athletes."

Events included relay races, field events, sports skills and carnival games. Despite the turf replacement project at Fouts Field, the "Family Olympics" went off as planned. An Olympic-style parade opened the ceremonies and all action was videotaped and shown on the Mean Green Vision scoreboard display. The Jr. Mean Green Club bounce house and inflatable football toss were also on hand.

The event, held in conjunction with the Jr. Mean Green Club, raised funds and awareness for the Denton Family Resource Center, a United Way of Denton County partner agency. The DFRC's primary goal is to strengthen families across the life span and to educate parents. For more information, go to

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