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Bush School Victorious in Annual Dillo Cup Softball Game against LBJ Students

May 05, 2016

Bush School students and alums after the Dillo Cup


Students from the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, faced off against students from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, for the annual “Dillo Cup” softball game in April. This year, the Bush School team won with a final score of 18 to 8, continuing a winning streak for the third year in a row.

“I am very proud of the Bush School not just because of how well our team played in the Dillo Cup but also because of the strong support we received from classmates that travelled to Austin,” said Mathue Nowicky, a current student who participated in the softball game. “As intramural chair for the Student Government Association this past year, a priority of mine was to facilitate shared experiences and student interaction through sports. I believe the Dillo Cup event demonstrated how valuable athletic events can be to building relationships and making memories outside of the classroom.”

Since 1999, teams from the public policy schools of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas have faced off in a friendly annual softball competition for a trophy that—until this past year—featured a taxidermed armadillo. The Dillo Cup continues to be an opportunity for students from both schools to get to know each other through a friendly rivalry, including a BBQ lunch provided by the host school. The schools have alternated hosting the softball game each year in Austin or College Station. This year’s game took place at the Krieg Softball Complex in Austin.

Prior to the match between current students at the Bush and LBJ Schools, alumni, faculty, and staff from both schools also competed against each other. One of the MVPs of that game was the Bush School’s director of admissions, Kathryn Meyer, who has participated in the past several Dillo Cups.

“The Dillo Cup is always such a fun event and allows for some friendly rivalry with the LBJ School,” said Meyer. “Since 2008, we’ve been able to add to the competition by bringing in active alumni, who then cheer and jeer the current players. Walk-up songs, Aggie yells, amusing announcers, and more make this a wonderful event that brings in 60 to 150 participants and spectators each year.”