For years, the UTEP Touchdown Club raised money for the football program. However, the club was always operated independent of the university by volunteers. Two years after the Touchdown Club disbanded, UTEP announced the creation of the Gridiron Club, a new way for Miners fans to support the football program with its operation based inside the university.

"The Gridiron Club is a great way for UTEP football fans and donors in El Paso and also nationwide to philanthropically support our football program and its future successes through charitable giving," UTEP Associate A.D. for Development Charley Thrash said in the official school release. "By becoming a member of the Gridiron Club, our fans and donors are making the commitment necessary to provide the resources that will allow our football program to succeed."

Gridiron Club donations will be used to held fund various programs for the football team including the training table and nutrition station, summer school, equipment and training resources, recruiting expenses, and other initiatives. Fans can donate as little as $100 to the Gridiron Club and the larger the donation, the more benefits people receive.

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The Gridiron Club is the latest venture from the Miner Athletic Club, which also includes the Ace Club (women's tennis), Courtside Club (basketball), Diamond Club (women's softball), Finish First Crew (track and field), Futbol Club (women's soccer), Century Club (men's golf), Point Miners Club (women's volleyball), Rifle Club (rifle), and Roundball Club (men's basketball).

For more information on the UTEP Gridiron Club and to donate, visit the Miner Athletic Club website.