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Inaugural Homecoming Week Closes with Tailgating, Basketball Victory

The University of Houston-Downtown celebrated the culmination of its inaugural homecoming week Saturday, as UHD Sports & Fitness hosted the first ever homecoming tailgate, otherwise known as "Tail-Gatoring."

Nineteen Tail-Gatoring teams began arriving as early as 8 a.m. to prepare for the day-long event. Groups consisted of university club sport teams, student organizations, fraternities, sororities, university departments and alumni. Many of the groups participated in a number of cook-off contests throughout the day.

Dr. Bill Flores, Dr. Bezette-Flores, Tommy Thomason, John Lane, Debra Shouldice, Debora Evans and SGA President John Locke served as judges in both food tasting and booth decorating contests.

Best Entrée and Best Appetizer went to the Urban Cowboys led by UHD alumnus Albert Alonzo. Best Dessert went to Sigma Lambda Gamma, led by Jessica Loera, and Best Décor and Ultimate Tail-Gators was awarded to Gator Pit, led by Lorenzo Morales from Sports & Fitness.

Some of the event's other highlights included a homecoming car smash sponsored by the Student Veterans Organization, in which individuals took a sledgehammer to a junk car decorated with homecoming slogans. The UHD dance and cheer squads performed a routine and pumped up the crowd with team spirit chants.

Homecoming week was punctuated by the UHD men's club basketball team's thrilling overtime victory in a very loud and packed Student Life Center.

Homecoming 2014 car smash

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming Tailgating

Photos of this and other homecoming week events can be viewed on the University's Facebook page.