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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - February 2014
San Antonio Sports

February, 2015

On Feb. 28, the Class of 2015 -- Doug MoeGary DeLauneAl LaMacchiaPat Frost and Lori Norwood -- will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame at our annual black-tie gala. The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute is one of the most significant fundraisers for our youth programs. Funds raised through the live and silent auctions, table sales and raffle tickets support i play! afterschool, the University Health System Go!Kids ChallengeTM, SUBWAY KiDS Rock marathon training program and more. We know these programs are making a difference in the lives of the children we serve. At last year's Tribute, we heard from Gloria Martinez, our i play! coach at J.T. Brackenridge Elementary. She shared that many of her school's children have challenges they face every day. But being in i play! helps build their confidence, strength, and discipline to face these difficulties knowing that they can be successful in life. 

Please join us for a special evening. We'll hear from another i play! family, and you won't want to miss the live performance from Grand Funk Railroad. You may purchase a table or tickets online at or by call 210-820-2109.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

All-Stars Commit
The 2015 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game presented by H-E-B featured seniors that are committed to play for some of the top colleges and universities in Texas and around the country. Forty (40) seniors who participated in the game, which was played on Jan. 3 in the Alamodome, received offers to play football in college. 

Players in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game were nominated by their high school coaches and chosen by a selection committee. More than 40 were named to All-District teams last fall. Thirty-four players went on to play in college after the 2014 game.

Alumni of this game include current and former NFL players Eric BrownSammy MorrisAlex Van PeltGabe RiveraTony DardenReggie RiversBruce CollieA.J. JohnsonN.D. Kalu and others.

The 2016 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9 in the Alamodome.

US Master's Swimming Championship

San Antonio will co-host the 2015 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship April 22-26 at the Northside Swim Center. This will be the first of four national swimming championships in San Antonio this year. Registration is open for swimmers 18 and older for the USMS championship. More than 2,000 swimmers are expected to compete, including Olympian and San Antonio native Josh Davis. We also need volunteers to serve as timers.

To learn more about the event, click here. To register to volunteer, click here.

Volunteer Opportunity
For the first time, San Antonio will be the site of the UIL Girls and Boys State Basketball Championship in the Alamodome, March 5-7 and March 12-14. We need volunteers to serve as team hosts and to assist the media. Several shifts are available. To register and select your shift, click here

Eight Elected to Join the Board of Directors

San Antonio Sports board of directors has elected eight new members. Each will serve a two year term. Welcome aboard!

Ernest Cunningham, founder, president and CEO, One Source Network
S. Josh Bell, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, San Antonio Orthopaedic Group
Ben Hart, owner, Factory of Champions
Dr. Esteban López, M.D., regional president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Steve Markey, partner, Whitestone Wealth Management
Timothy S. Palomera, M.D., Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio
Jeff Ruiz, general manager, Medtronic, Inc.
Dr. Julie Wiernik, Psy. D., Texas Center for Sport Psychology

Additionally, three new members are replacing board representatives for their companies:
Lou Simmons, AT&T Mobility
Vanesia Y. Adkins, sales director South Texas, Humana 
Ryan Calong, director of national accounts, Silver Eagle San Antonio

Corporate Cup: Teams. Tailgating. Competition, and more.

Registration is underway for the 2015 San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by H-E-B. If your company hasn't registered, don't delay as we expect to sell out. New additions to our day of blood-pumping fitness, friendly competition and employee camaraderie is an enhanced kids' zone complete with mini Corporate Cup games, face painting and more, a team photo zone, a NEW event: the 4x25 swimming relay, and an enhanced athlete village. To register your team today or to learn more, visit

Coca-Cola Foundation Grant Supports Afterschool Program Expansion
i play! afterschool, San Antonio Sports' free, innovative afterschool program, began in 2008 serving 112 kids at five campuses in Harlandale and San Antonio Independent School Districts. Today, it has grown to serving 1,100 children at 45 elementary schools thanks to a three-year grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.  

i play! afterschool ignites a love of sport in third through fifth graders while teaching them life lessons about active living, good nutrition and strong personal character. More than 1,100 kids at 45 schools in two inner-city school districts -- Harlandale and San Antonio ISDs -- have an opportunity to succeed through sports. They receive skill-based instruction in track, soccer, volleyball, tennis and golf, as well as nutrition and character education, plus leadership and team-building skills. Each sport unit culminates in a fun tournament where kids can demonstrate their new skills and parents, family and friends can cheer them on.

The Sundt Foundation awarded a $3,758 grant to support program costs for San Antonio Sports' i play! afterschool program. The program provides a safe, healthy afterschool environment for 1,100 youth in the Harlandale and San Antonio ISDs, focusing on those most at-risk of academic failure and poor health to excel to their greatest potential through sport training and character and nutrition education. 

The Mirza Trust of San Antonio awarded a $7,500 grant in support of San Antonio Sports youth programs, including i play! afterschool, University Health System Go!Kids ChallengeTM, and Subway KiDS Rock. Funds will be used towards program costs with the goal to transform the health and fitness of our youth through the power of sport.


Universal Health System Go!Kids Challenge

Najim Family Foundation provides new shoes to kids 

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame 


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