The Utah men’s basketball team makes dozens of public appearances each year and gives back to the Salt Lake City community in numerous ways.
In the past year, the Runnin’ Utes have taken part in Utah Athletics’ Fan Fest, the University of Utah Healthcare cancer awareness event, the Huntsman Cancer Center 5K, Fan Appreciation Night at the Campus Store, delivering season tickets to Utah fans, and helping U. students move into the dorms through the Runnin’ Utes Move U event. They have also recently taken part in the U.’s Employee Appreciation Day, a MUSS and student lunchtime event on campus, a Holiday Food Drive with the Utah Food Bank, Christmas gift deliveries with the Utah Foster Care Foundation, visiting the VA Hospital, and delivering sandwiches and water on a regular basis to the homeless in Salt Lake City.
Runnin’ Ute players took part in the annual Fan Fest event last August at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
In close games and hostile environments, mental and physical toughness are critical for a team. With the goal of changing the team’s mindset, head coach Larry Krystkowiak has instituted some activities to the team’s offseason training regimen.
The past three years during the offseason, the Utes went through a Navy SEAL training course in order to toughen them up while also improving the way in which they work together. The experience has created a catchphrase for the team that they plan to draw on throughout the season: “MUSSter Up.” The drills focused on cooperation, and one of the big takeaways from the training was a traditional military axiom: “Two is one and one is none.”