This is a local service statement and is not official guidance or direction from FIRST or FIRST in Texas. FIRST RGV, INC. is a standalone organization and will deliver its programs with input from our community and health officials.

Hello Rio Grande Valley FIRST participants,

We have all been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and our hearts go out to those that have lost loved ones and are suffering financially. This has been an eye-opener for all of us on so many levels, but the purpose of our letter today is to outline how we have been working during this crisis to prepare for and bring our events back online as soon as its safely possible.

Guidance is changing daily, and we will adapt as needed, so please check back for updates. We will communicate this and any updates to coaches and school administrators as we get closer to the “green light”. We are looking forward to a strong but cautious return to our FIRST family coming back together to celebrate STEM in the coming months.

For now, and until cleared by state and local health officials, please stay home, stay safe, and do not forget to share your FIRST experiences via social media. We have really appreciated seeing the memories and statements of support for our FIRST community here in the Rio Grande Valley.

We love and miss you all.

Jason Arms, President
on behalf of the Board of Directors

We are in this together. Please do your part to protect yourselves and others. Current CDC and Texas Health Systems guidance can be found on their websites.

Thank you for being FIRST in the RGV!