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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - August 2016
San Antonio Sports

August, 2016

Bringing World Class Golf to San Antonio
A few weeks ago, I was part of our local organizing team that flew to Chicago to bid on the 2021 Solheim Cup, a biennial women's golf tournament between Team USA and Team Europe. Like the Ryder Cup, it alternates locations in the United States and Europe.  We pitched the incredible combination of staging the 2021 Solheim Cup at TPC San Antonio along with the adjacent JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa as the host hotel. The Solheim Cup attracts 175,000 fans, is broadcast in 112 countries, and could potentially provide $30-40 million in economic impact. San Antonio would be the ideal location for this premier event. The TPC courses were designed to host PGA Tour events, so there is plenty of room for structures needed for the tournament and for spectators. The JW Marriott is large enough to accommodate LPGA staff, media and guests.
 
We are grateful for all the time and effort our team put into the bid. Thanks to John Hugghins, senior vice president, TPC Operations, PGA Tour Golf Course Properties, Matt Flory, general manager, TPC San Antonio, Teresa Goetz, founding member, TPC San Antonio, Arthur Coulombe, general manager, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, Andrés Muňoz, vice president, marketing &  communications, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Janina Collins, director of amateur golf, Golf San Antonio, Chris Shields, managing partner, Texas Strategy Group, and San Antonio Sports' own David Voth, vice president of events and bids, and Ross Davis, director of marketing. 
 
The LPGA says they won't announce a decision until late fall, but we are optimistic that we are very much in contention for this world-class event.
 
Jumping into Fitness
 
Only a few weeks remain in the 2016 Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. On July 23, hundreds of families enjoyed fun fitness activities at "Jump Into Fitness" with District 3 at Harlandale Park. Stephanie Hernandez ticket was drawn and she is our latest $1,000 winner. It is her first summer participating in the Fit Family Challenge and she loves the program because "it's free and really fun." She dropped her gym membership because it was "getting pricey" and likes that she can do Zumba® and go with her family. With her winnings, Stephanie plans to take her kids somewhere fun before school starts. And that put a big smile on her son's face. 
 
The final 2016 Fit Family Challenge big event, the D6 Fitness 5K, will take place at 8 a.m. on Aug. 13 at Wolff Stadium. To register for the 5K, click here.
All Can Ski Changes Locations
Registration for All Can Ski 2016 is now open!  Due to construction at the SeaWorld Ski Lake, the location of All Can Ski has moved to the San Marcos River Ranch on August 15-16. It is a privately gated ski community in Martindale, TX enclosing four competition ski lakes nestled along the beautiful San Marcos River. 
 
All Can Ski provides 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.  For more information and to register for All Can Ski 2016, visit http://www.sanantoniosports.org/allcanski/.
Valor Games Southwest
The fourth annual Valor Games Southwest, an adaptive multi-sport competition for veterans and service members with a physical disability, will take place September 26-29. This year's sports will include air guns, archery, boccia ball, cycling, power lifting, table tennis and rowing, with events taking place at Mission Concepción Sports Park, the Alamodome and Marriott Plaza Hotel. San Antonio Sports is proud to host this event in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Texas Regional Paralympic Sport. For more information on the 2016 Valor Games Southwest, visit www.valorgamessouthwest.com
 
We are also looking for volunteers to help with the competition. Most shifts are during the day. If you're able to help, click here to register. 
 
Tee Up for a Good Cause

San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic presented by H-E-B and KENS5 will be held Monday, Oct. 3. In addition to 18 holes on the Dominion County Club's world-class golf course, golfers enjoy a catered lunch buffet, prize packages for first through third place teams and complimentary cold beverages on the course. Score a hole-in-one and win a car or new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Plus, at 2 p.m., the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be introduced at a press conference. Proceeds support our nonprofit organization's youth programs. To register your team, click here or contact Myrna Reyes at 210-820-2109 or mreyes@sanantoniosports.org.
Sponsor Profile: Gold's Gym
Thanks to Gold's Gym for their sponsorship of San Antonio Sports Fit Family Challenge and Go!Kids Challenge. Gold's Gym's support helps our nonprofit organization fulfill its vision of having healthy kids and our mission to transform our community through the power of sport. 
Najim Family Foundation Grant Supports i play! afterschool

Thank you to The Najim Family Foundation for their support of i play! afterschool. Their generous $78,250 grant is truly making a difference in the lives of children. i play! afterschool reaches 1,125 children in 45 elementary schools, teaching the fundamentals of five sports, while also providing nutrition and character education.  
Bo Black (left) is joined by Mikayla Lewalski and Joey Kuykendall at a Fit Family Challenge event.
Volunteer Profile: Bo Black
 
Bo Black interned with San Antonio Sports during the summer of 2015. Little did we know that we would continue to see him long after his internship was over. "I love volunteering for San Antonio Sports!" says Black. He continues to help because he believes in our mission. "I take pride in going to school in San Antonio so I recognize the efforts San Antonio Sports is making to better the community," says the Trinity University senior. "It feels good to continue to be a part of that, and I love to see the many successful events come from it. I also volunteer for San Antonio Sports because of the effort the organization spent on me during my time as an intern. Tony (Benke, director of volunteers) was an amazing boss, and I learned so much from him as a mentor. I also felt like the whole staff genuinely cared about seeing me succeed which means a lot!"
 
Bo's favorite event is the Corporate Cup. He worked it as an intern and returned in June to help again. "I think the time and effort San Antonio Sports puts into this event is very admirable. Seeing the whole thing -thousands of people participating in organized sports- put together with nothing but a group of hard working people and a U-Haul full of supplies is amazing. It is a very rewarding experience to see it come to fruition, which is what brings me back and will continue to bring me back."
 
Lest you think volunteering is boring, Bo fondly remembers the time he had to swat a bat out of an auditorium with a tennis racquet just before parents and kids entered for the awards presentation at the i play! afterschool golf tournament. "Just goes to show that you have to be able to think on your feet and adjust to any situation during events like this!"
 
Bo's sums up his philosophy on volunteering: "It important to take pride in the place where you reside, and you should spend time making sure it is the best place it can be. This is why people should volunteer in their community. Ultimately you are improving the life of the people that live around you as well as your own. It is fun, you can do it with friends, and you are helping people. Why would you not want to do this?"
 
We agree! If you want to join Bo, visit SanAntonioSports.org/volunteer to learn about upcoming opportunities. 
 
Amazon Smile
 
It's back-to-school shopping time. If you shop on Amazon, please consider making your purchases through AmazonSmile. San Antonio Sports is part of AmazonSmile, an automatic way for you to support our nonprofit organization every time you shop at no cost to you. Select San Antonio Sports when you sign in to smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to us. It's simple! Click here to get started.


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