AUSTIN, Texas — Logan Eggleston is one of the best players on one of the top college volleyball teams in the country.
The junior’s burnt orange pride comes from the progress she made at the University of Texas, rather than her accomplishments on the court. The change that has taken place on campus has made her more excited than ever to be a Longhorn.
“In the past two years, I have never felt so proud to be here at this university,” Eggleston said. “I’m so lucky to be able to speak up and voice my opinions.”
Eggleston led the movement to educate and sympathize with students on campus after the spring 2020 murder of George Floyd.
“Getting involved is super important because it shows us how big our platforms are and how much change we can actually make,” Eggleston said. “People are informed about so many things and so much more open to having conversations and being open to other people’s experiences.”
Eggleston is in her second year as chair of the Texas Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She used her position to encourage social change.
“The biggest thing was finding our voice,” Eggleston said. “Then arranging what we wanted and then expressing it to our administration about what we wanted.”
One of the new ideas that emerged from these discussions was the Longhorns Initiative for Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD). The program helps student-athletes work with non-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged communities.
“Our athletic department is so diverse. We come from these communities, and it’s time for us to use our platforms to give back to these people,” Eggleston said. “We are also the ones who read all the applications and decide who receives money and how much money we give them.
The University of Texas Athletic Department has allocated $500,000 over the next five years to fund the LEAD initiative. The first organization to get funding was Seedling, an Austin-based foundation that provides school-based mentoring to students whose parents are incarcerated.
“Logan has driven this since day one,” said LEAD Initiative Director Milly Lopez. “She is like communicating with another super experienced staff member. It’s his ability to organize and really dig into the meat and bones of things and be analytical. Having her involved definitely brought weight to the whole LEAD program.
She’s a star on the pitch who found her voice away from her. A leader who uses her platform to push for social change, a process that will continue long after Eggleston’s time as a student-athlete in Austin is over.
“The opportunities I’ve had here and the way I’ve been able to express myself through the work that I do, the things that I say, wouldn’t have been accepted anywhere else,” Eggleston said. “You can’t just say, ‘flip the switch, everything’s done, everything’s perfect.’ work to do.”