Bexar County and San Antonio Sports, the area’s nonprofit sports commission, will co-host the 2013 Bexar County Games presented by Ancira, a community-wide youth sports competition that will take place in new Bexar County venues that were built with the extension of the visitor tax. County Commissioners have approved an agreement with San Antonio Sports who will manage the games. Competitions will be held in basketball, swimming, soccer and track & field. San Antonio Parks & Recreation will also support the games.
The Bexar County Games are designed to offer affordable access to sport competitions while showcasing the new amateur sports facilities funded by $80 million approved by voters in the Bexar County 2008 venue tax extension. The games will provide an affordable way for local youth to participate in athletic competitions and to qualify for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) State Games of Texas when eligible. TAAF annually hosts winter and summer games that draw thousands of amateur and recreational competitors from all over the state.
“These new facilities are beautiful and help level the playing field with what other Texas communities offer,” said Judge Nelson Wolff. “Children living in every quadrant of the county can participate. Facilities and entry fees won’t be a barrier to participation.”
“Our focus is to develop healthy kids, provide places to play and deliver events that impact. This is one more way that local youth can experience the transformational power of sport,” said Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO, San Antonio Sports. “It is our hope that thousands of children will have fun competing at these wonderful venues, and be inspired to live active, healthy lives.”
“Not only are youth sports a valuable way to keep our children healthy and in shape, but they offer invaluable life skills, such as teamwork, fairness and dedication as they learn value in themselves and others,” says April Ancira, vice president, Ancira Enterprises. “I couldn’t imagine a better way to build a stronger community.”
The four sports included in the inaugural 2013 Bexar County Games are:
Soccer (Precinct 2)
Venue: Culebra Creek Soccer Complex, 7440 FM 1560, 78254
Date: June 22 – 23
Track & Field (Precinct 4)
Venue: Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 1023 Upland, 78220
Date: June 15
Swimming (Precinct 3)
Venue: Northside Swim Center, 8400 N. Loop 1604 W., 78249
Date: July 20, 2013
Basketball (Precinct 1)
Venue: Mission Concepción Sports Complex, 714 E. Theo Ave., 78210
Date: Nov. 9-10
For more information about the Bexar County Games, please visit SanAntonioSports.org or call (210) 820-2100.
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