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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - July 2016
San Antonio Sports

July, 2016

Getting Fit Together
It's gratifying when we see a good idea become reality. Seven years ago, at the urging of the Kronkosky Foundation, San Antonio Sports initiated a free, 12-week summer program to inspire families to get fit together. Today, our Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas serves thousands of adults and children, offering free weekly Zumba® and Kid Fit classes in seven locations, free health screenings and free Saturday morning "big events" every three weeks. Plus, we offer $25,000 in cash and prizes as incentives to get families moving. With the support of the Baptist Health Foundation, we launched a faith-based initiative this year, adding a new site, Baptist Temple Church, and reaching out to congregations and churches within a seven mile radius of each weekly site to join our program. Our participation is up 22% to date this year, and that's over last year's 22% attendance increase. This is great news for our community.
 
Like any grant-funded program, data is critical to prove our impact. Data analysis provide by Core Research conducted in 2015 showed a 24% increase in the number of days participants were physically active during the week; a 44% increase in those who set health/fitness goals; and an improvement in participants' knowledge and understanding of their vital health numbers (+60% glucose, +49% BMI, +11% blood pressure). We're looking forward to even more improvements when the 2016 data is analyzed. 
 
Below, you can read about two women who each won $1,000 at our most recent Big Event. This could be you! It's not too late to realize the same Fit Family Challenge benefits they have, including enjoying the fun, non-competitive and friendly atmosphere where everyBODY is welcome. Find out how at www.FitFamilyChallenge.com or call us at 210-820-2108.
San Antonio Sports Joins City Team to Win All-America City Designation
 
San Antonio Sports is pleased to have been part of the team that helped win a National Civic League (NCL) All-America City Award for the City of San Antonio. The award was announced on Sunday, June 19 in Denver and recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. This is the fifth All-America recognition the City has received since the award's establishment in 1949.
 
San Antonio Sports Youth & Community Programs Director, Mandy Adkins, joined representatives from City of San Antonio departments, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, KLRN, and Pre-K 4 SA to make the presentation before the NCL jury. This year, the All-America Awards program highlighted community efforts to "ensure that all our children are healthy and successful in school and life" and were judged on civic engagement and collaboration, inclusiveness, innovation and impact.
 
"I was proud to represent San Antonio Sports and our i play! afterschool program," said Adkins. "Our presentation really highlighted how our community works together to tackle our toughest problems in collaborative, creative ways for the greater good. The outcomes we highlighted in our application and presentation proved our impact. I look forward to continuing the partnerships that helped us earn this prestigious award." 
 
For more information about the National Civic League or the All-America City Award, visit www.nationalcivicleague.org
 
Winners Get Healthy at Hardberger
 
What could be better than winning $1,000 on your birthday? For Eva Gonzalez, it was her lucky day when her ticket was drawn at San Antonio Sports' Fit Family Challenge Get Healthy at Hardberger. Gonzalez was one of two winners and one of more than 650 who enjoyed a morning of fitness activities.
 
Fit Family Challenge, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, is a free summer program that includes events and resources to help families be more physically active and learn about good nutrition. Through weekly Zumba® classes, health screenings and Big Events, Fit Family Challenge participants earn points to qualify for prizes throughout the summer. Earning 100 points within a 3-week session allows participants to be entered into a drawing for $1,000. Because the Big Event scheduled for June 4 was postponed due to weather, there were TWO $1,000 drawings at Get Healthy at Hardberger. 
 
In August of 2015, Gonzalez took her first Zumba class with popular FFC instructor Ken Neissen, and has been hooked ever since! She attends weekday classes at Whittier and Rayburn and explains that she goes because she loves the motivation that comes from the instructors and classes. Attributing Fit Family Challenge, she has already lost 12 pounds since beginning the program this summer. Gonzalez thinks the points and reward system is a great motivational factor within the program and appreciates the nutritional tips she receives at the weekday classes. She came out to Hardberger for a free t-shirt and went home with $1,000! 
 
The other winner, Maria Guerra, began participating in Fit Family Challenge for health reasons. As a diabetic, she wanted to get her blood sugar levels down and has been successful doing so. She has already lost 10 pounds since beginning her participation in Fit Family Challenge and her sugars are under 100. "At 69 going on 70, it's a beautiful program to participate in," she explains. "It's great to be able to lose weight and stay healthy while spending time with my daughter!" Guerra likes how the staff is so kind and encouraging, spending much of their time to help families in the community learn about health and fitness. 
 
Congratulations to both winners! San Antonio Sports Fit Family Challenge continues through Aug. 13 and can be joined at any time.  The next $1,000 winner will be chosen on July 23 at the D3 Jump into Fitness at Harlandale Park.
 
Help Wanted
 
Want to play games or hand out prizes and snacks? Then volunteer for our next Fit Family Challenge Big Event on Saturday, July 23. Jump Into Fitness, brought to you by District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, will be held at Harlandale Park. 
 
Volunteers are needed from 7 -11 a.m. Volunteers must be 14 years or older and we happily provide services hours if requested. To sign up, visit SanAntoinoSports.org/volunteer.
Grant Will Support i play! afterschool
 
A generous $30,000 grant from the Gaynelle and Gene Rankin Endowment Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation was awarded to San Antonio Sports. Funds will support San Antonio Sports i play! afterschoolprogram. 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. Through this program, more than 1,100 kids at 45 inner-city schools have an opportunity to succeed through sports. 
Volunteer Profile: UPS Inside Sales

To describe San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup as a labor- and equipment-intensive event might be an understatement. With a call time of 4 a.m. and extensive tear-down, having strong, motivated and helpful volunteers is critical to the success of the event and sanity of all involved. That's why having volunteers from UPS, along with one of their trucks, made a huge difference this year. The group assisted with logistics and loaded and unloaded the truck multiple times, seemingly with ease, AND competed in the day's activities.
 
Billy Williams, Inside Sales Trainer for UPS, headed up the group that volunteered. "This was such a cool event and I'm so glad that we were able to be a part of it," he eagerly shared. He explained that Director of Operations Suzy Gray, Event Manager Jenny Carnes, and the San Antonio Sports staff were "so accommodating and helpful that it really made us as volunteers want to do as much as we could for them and the event." Williams says community involvement and giving back has been at the core of everything UPS Inside Sales stands for since the day he started working for the company. "It's amazing to see people donating time to volunteer events for no other reason than because they genuinely care about giving back and helping others. We are our community, and vice versa. For UPS it's important to volunteer in the community to build up each other and make the place we live better for us today and our kids in the future. That's a bit of a cliché, I know, but to loosely quote Jim Casey (UPS founder), 'This may sound like copybook stuff...of course it is. But we will be one of the comparatively few that actually follow these simple axioms of life and success.' And making the community a better place to live for our kiddos is one of those for sure."  
 
Williams summarizes his enthusiasm for the event. "The sense of camaraderie I had while being out there competing alongside and cheering on my teammates/fellow employees was overwhelming. I was proud to be a UPSer. Such a cool experience.
 
 "When Suzy came to me with idea of getting UPS involved with the logistics and operation side of the Corporate Cup, as well as volunteering alongside a ton of other awesome companies that share a passion for our community...it was a no-brainer. It also didn't hurt that the event was an absolute BLAST!"
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