We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some fun in the sun this summer. The staff of San Antonio Sports is squeezing vacation time into our jam-packed summer schedule, too. Please know you can always reach us at 210-820-2100.
Swimming Championships on Deck
If you're a fan of swimming or just a sports fan, join us for two outstanding weeks of competition at one of the nation's premier swim venues. San Antonio will be the site of the Speedo Junior National Championships, July 30-Aug. 3 and the Phillips 66 National Championships Aug. 6-10. Both will be held at Northside Swim Center, a state-of-the-art facility that has shaded spectator seating elevated above the deck. Tickets maybe purchased online at sanantoniosports.org/swim. Don't miss any of the action or your chance to see up and coming future Olympians and current swim stars who may be swimming in Rio in 2016!
Getting Healthy Together
More than 650 people had a great time at the family-friendly Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Get Healthy at Hardberger. Co-sponsored by District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg, adults and children had fun doing Zumba®, rock climbing, trying out Highland Games, playing tug-of-war, going on a fitness walk and doing yoga and boot camp. There was something for everyone. Another winner of $1,000 was drawn, with Eva Rosales holding the lucky ticket (see story below).
The 12-week summer program is at the half-way point, but families can join at any time and be eligible to win $1,000 at two more remaining Big Events, July 25 and Aug.15. To learn more, visit FitFamilyChallenge.com.
Make a Splash
Gold medal Olympians Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines were in San Antonio last week to share a message of saving lives through swimming lessons. Their visit was part of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash tour. Jones gave two in-water lessons to some lucky kids, and teamed up with Gaines for a fundraising luncheon and evening town hall meeting.
Make A Splash and the San Antonio Sports VIVA SWIM For Life, presented by University Health System share a goal of reducing childhood drownings. Formalized swim lessons reducing the risk of child drowning by 88 percent. Approximately 3,500 people die of drowning annually. Seventy-percent of African American children and 60 percent of Hispanic children in the U.S. do not know how to swim. Additionally, African-American children are three times more likely to drown than Caucasian children. Thanks to generous sponsors, all San Antonio Parks and Recreation outdoor pools are offering free swimming lessons this summer. Click hereto learn where. To learn more about VIVA SWIM For Life, click here.
All Can Ski
The 23rd annual San Antonio Sports All Can Ski will take place on the ski lake at SeaWorld San Antonio Aug. 18-20. Started in 1992, All Can Ski was created to provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to experience the excitement and freedom of waterskiing. Such disabilities include spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, amputees, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. It is the largest waterskiing clinic of this kind in the United States. San Antonio Sports has partnered with SeaWorld San Antonio®as its host venue since the event began two decades ago. SeaWorld provides the venue at no cost and also provides complimentary admission to event volunteers and skiing participants. To register or to volunteer, click here.
Japhet's Vision for a Fit City
The San Antonio Express-News is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a year-long series titled Leaders, Influencers and Texas Heroes. San Antonio Sports Senior Vice President Mary Ullmann Japhet was feature in the series for her work with San Antonio Sports and her vision in making San Antonio a fit city. Click here to read this wonderful profile that explains San Antonio Sports and Mary's role in our nonprofit organization.
Funds from the KCI Servant's Heart Foundation Award will support program costs for San Antonio Sports i play! afterschool which provides a safe, healthy afterschool environment for 1,125 children in grades 3-5 from 45 elementary schools in the Harlandale and San Antonio ISDs. Program activities include skill-based sport training and character and nutrition education. To learn more about i play! afterschool, click here.
Thanks to Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) for being a major supporter of San Antonio Sports for more than 10 years. In addition to being a corporate donor, they sponsor the San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic, Pull for Kids and San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute.
Eva Rosales doesn't like the "E" word: exercise. But Zumba® isn't exercise, "It's like dancing!" she says. When Eva heard her number called at the Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Get Healthy at Hardberger, she danced her way up to the front to receive her $1,000 check. Unable to conceal her excitement, she shared her enthusiasm with everyone around her.
A teacher in Harlandale ISD, Eva started exercising in February at Zumba® classes offered at her school. This summer she joined the Fit Family Challenge for the first time. "I've met a lot of new friends and love all the rewards. I used to be a couch potato, but now I have so much more energy and I need to stay healthy to keep up with my kids." Eva has a workout buddy she meets twice a week at Fit Family Challenge classes, and they encourage each other to go. She plans to use her winnings to treat her family, nieces and nephews to a staycation day at Schlitterbahn Water Park.