On Wednesday, taking advantage of a rare day off from practice, the entire University of New Mexico Lobo football team congregated on the plaza next to George Pearl Hall where they were greeted by Facilities Management (FM).

Cleanup near PATS
Working to help beautify main campus before the start of the fall semester, members of UNM's football team pull weeds near Parking and Transportation.

The team, accompanied by Lobo head coach Bob Davie, his coaching staff, and UNM athletic director Eddie Nuñez, took time away from their hectic training schedule to lend a hand to FM Grounds and Landscaping staff.

Once the 125 players were divided into groups and paired with an FM staff member, they spread out across campus to pick up litter and pull weeds.

“This is a way for our guys to show pride in UNM and to show appreciation for the Facilities Management staff,” said Davie. “We hope this not only helps them get ready for a new school year, but also motivates everyone to keep our campus clean. We want to emphasize the beauty of UNM.”

Every morning before most staff and students arrive, FM Grounds and Landscaping crews are crisscrossing campus picking up litter and addressing maintenance issues, but with an 800 acre, sprawling urban campus, staying ahead is always a challenge, so the extra help was welcome.

“We really appreciate the effort of the team,” said Grounds and Landscaping manager Richard Schorr. “We love these chances to work side by side with our students to make the University the best it can be.”

Nuñez, his hands cupped with weeds from a nearby flowerbed, echoed the message of pride and beauty. “We’re always looking at opportunities for our student-athletes to give back to our community and to collaborate across UNM. Together, we can keep this campus shining, even if it’s just one weed at a time.”