ONE OF THE
BEST WEDDING GIFTS AL WINDER (88) and his wife, Kimberly (88),
received in 1999 was membership in the Mean Green Club.
couldnt make the first meeting of the club because we were
getting married, Winder says. So a friend signed us
up as a gift.
he has always bled green, since the day he walked on to the North
Texas football team as a freshman.
up with my family in Texas, there were two sports: football and
spring football, he says. I grew up in a UNT family.
My father went to school and played football there, and my mother
met my father there.
Harry Miers, Robert Black, Rick Villarreal and Al Winder
in his fathers footsteps when he came to UNT. But it wasnt
until he discovered the Mean Green Club that he found fellow North
remember standing by the water cooler at work as co-workers talked
about their alma maters like Texas A&M or UT, he recalls.
And I was always kind of frustrated that it wasnt as
easy to find other Eagles to talk about UNT.
in 1997 by Harry Miers (90) and Robert Black (now a senior
business major), the Mean Green Club has eased that frustration.
Initially Miers created GoMeanGreen.com,
a fan reaction web site, as a way to be involved with UNT.
dont have a ton of money to give to the programs, but this
web site was a way I could contribute its a matter
of pride, Miers says.
offers North Texas sports fans the latest news on UNT athletics
as well as opportunities to chat with players online.
frequented the site as a student and supporter, felt that fans needed
a means to meet outside of cyberspace.
a North Texas fan, I always felt a real void, Black says.
I knew there were other North Texas fans in the stands, but
there really wasnt a way to get to know them or meet them
we needed something to bring us together.
the club held its first event.
members have continued to drive in caravans to numerous games, meeting
outside university stadiums for barbecues and tailgate parties.
They form a noticeable sea of green to support their alma mater.
before the Mean Green Club, Miers and Black were Eagle fanatics.
The year 1994 was pivotal for both.
1994, my dad and I went in on season football tickets, Miers
says. It was great and we started a family tradition
94 was a great year for my North Texas fanaticism.
the tradition by bringing his kids to football and basketball games
with mixed results, he jokes.
4-year-old daughter loves the games, wears a UNT cheerleader outfit
and even goes to the court after basketball games to shoot free
throws, he says. But my 2-year-old son still cries when
he sees Scrappy theres something about large, yellow
beaks, I guess.
1994, Black and his college buddies drove to Oklahoma for a UNT-OSU
game. UNT lost, but just barely, he says.
werent sure how we would do, we just wanted to have fun,
Black says. And UNT did surprisingly well. We fought and proved
ourselves to the very end. And I realized that day that UNT could
hold its own with the big boys.
UNTs new athletic director, hopes that the Mean Green Club
can serve even more UNT fans.
He has taken
on its name for the athletic foundation and is offering memberships
with athletic tickets. In the past, members paid a fee to join the
club and contribute to the tailgate parties. He says the original
club created a foundation and saved the university athletics program
some work in reaching out to alumni.
thankful that the club was there, Villarreal says. These
radically enthusiastic fans started something new to support the
university, and to accomplish the big goals we have ahead of us,
we need fans like those on our side.
for the Mean Green Club is one Black had always envisioned.
could never gain the resources to make the Mean Green Club as great
as it could be or bring it to as many people as wed like,
Black says. Id always hoped the university would embrace
the club and allow it to grow its something weve
wanted from the beginning.
isnt to change what has already been done but to support it
by offering more opportunities for alumni to get involved, Villarreal
so many alumni in the state, I think we can have as strong an athletics
program as any other university, he says. Theres
only one Mean Green in the country, and that makes us unique. We
want to make that name something all of our alumni can be proud
of the Mean Green Club purchase season tickets and make a donation
to the athletics department. They receive special parking, seating
and access to hospitality areas. For more information, contact the
ticket office at (800) UNT-2366 or (940) 565-2527.