BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University women’s basketball team won the inaugural Red Cup, presented to the Lamar athletics squad that performs the most community hours.

“It’s a great honor to receive the award,” Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. “I think it’s much deserved. The Lady Cardinals have worked tirelessly throughout the Golden Triangle. They’re helping the community, and at the same time spreading the word about Lady Cardinals basketball and Lamar athletics.”

Tic Price, Lamar’s athletics coordinator and the man who instituted the Red Cup, noted the women’s basketball team logged more than 250 hours of community service.

“All of our athletic teams did a great job, but women’s basketball went beyond the call of duty,” Price said. “Coach Tidwell talks about ‘service above self,’ and this is a great example of it.”

Gia Ayers of the women’s basketball team and Jeremy Kirt of the LU football team were the winners of the Cardinal Award, given to the individual student-athletes who performed the most hours of community service.

Price believes the Red Cup competition will become more popular among the Lamar teams in the future.

“Our goal this year is to have 1,500 hours of community service,” he said. “I think quite a few teams will give the women’s basketball team a battle for the Red Cup.”