Ramirez to speak at UHS sports banquet

Former Uvalde High School standout athlete Roland Ramirez will be the featured speaker for the Uvalde High School sports banquet scheduled May 30 at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

The event will get underway at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the banquet cost $15 and they are available at the Uvalde High School athletic office or at the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Central Office.

Ramirez, a 1997 graduate of UHS, is head athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

He lettered in four high school sports, including football, baseball, basketball and track.

Ramirez was a member of several UHS district championship teams and helped the Coyotes advance to regional playoff action in football, baseball and track.

He gained all-district honors in football and baseball, and claimed all-state honors in football.

Ramirez excelled academically, and was an active member of the UHS student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society.

After his graduation from UHS, Ramirez attended Texas Tech University. He walked on to play football for legendary coach Spike Dykes.

He went on to earn a dual master’s degree in physical therapy and athletic training at Tech.

Ramirez enters his 10th season with the Houston Texans.

In 2016, he was the recipient of the Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award made by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society.

Prior to his years with the Texans, Ramirez worked for the Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Falcons.

Ramirez was recognized as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year awarded by the Texas Tech Health Science Center.

He is the inventor of the DS2 Platform, a product used in the sports and rehabilitation industry around the country.

Besides Ramirez’s speech, the UHS sports banquet will be highlighted by the introduction of UHS athletes and coaches, and by the special awards presentation.

Some of the awards to be made during the presentation will include the Pappy Drennan Award, the Fighting Heart Award, the Orville Etherdge Award, the Mike King Hustle Award, the Lobo Spirit Award, the Lobo Award, the Marvin Kolinek Award, and the Harvey Kinchlow – Here Come The Coyotes Award.

Uvalde High School athletic director and head football coach Gary Griffin will make general introductions and will introduce the UHS coaching staff, while members of his coaching staff will introduce UHS athletes from all sports.

The UHS Sports Banquet is sponsored annually by the Uvalde Athletic Booster Club.

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