The Road to San Antonio Has Begun - San Antonio Sports Sidelines -April 2017
It's been 10 years since the city had the opportunity to host the NCAA® Men's Final Four®, and after spending this past weekend in Phoenix, I can tell you a lot has changed since 2008.
Members of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee, which includes UTSA, San Antonio Sports, Visit San Antonio and the City of San Antonio, made the trip toobserve and learn what we can expect in San Antonio next year. We brought back a wealth of knowledge and plenty of ideas on how to make our Final Four a slam dunk for the city. In addition to SAS, UTSA , VSA and Alamodome leadership teams, our delegation included members from our San Antonio Police and Fire Departments, Emergency Services, Transportation, Convention & Sports Facilities and Capital Improvement, as well as our concessions operator, Savor Black Tie. We participated in roundtable discussions with the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee and other future host cities about how they handled certain hosting duties and got behind-the-scenes tours of Fan Fest and the University of Phoenix Stadium among other activities. During our meetings, we learned about the upcoming bid process for future Final Fours that will take place over the next year as we are hosting the 2018 event. This is a tremendous opportunity for the city to continue to enhance our reputation as the best place for the Final Four!
The last time we hosted the Final Four in San Antonio, our seating configuration capacity was 45,000, significantly less than the 70,000 in the full stadium seating plan for the 2018 event, and many of the fan events were just getting started. You can expect lots of opportunities to attend fan events like Final Four Friday, Fan Fest and March Madness Music Festival, but where we really need your support is volunteering. In addition to the attendance nearly doubling, our volunteer needs have grown as well. San Antonio Sports needs more than 3,000 volunteers. We'll have more details this fall but be sure to sign up for more information through our Final Four website at FinalFourSanAntonio.com
Volunteer Spotlight: Jodi Sell
When Jodi Sell retired, she had some extra time to volunteer. Fortunately, she chose to volunteer with San Antonio Sports. She's served as team host for the UIL state basketball championships and volunteered at the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon, Big League Weekend and many other events. This sports-lover's first event with San Antonio Sports was the 2004 Final Four®. "I saw an ad or article asking for volunteers. It was great fun," she recounts. "I worked in the office answering the phones and going where needed, so I got to see a little of all the planning and organization that goes into making these events successful."
It is no wonder that Jodi volunteered for the Final Four and the UIL state basketball championships. She loves basketball and has been playing since seventh grade. She played through college, in the Air Force and on church leagues until she was in her mid-forties. "I got back on the court when I discovered a group of active senior women (ages 50-77) playing in a basketball tournament here in San Antonio five years ago. Our team, Texas Hustlers 60s, is heading to the national senior games in Birmingham in June."
But she helps with more than basketball-related events. "The thing I enjoy most about volunteering with San Antonio Sports is the variety of activities they are involved with...fencing, baseball, races, driving and escorting teams, wall rappelling...wow! Things I never would have been involved with otherwise. It's always fun to say hi and reconnect with 'old' volunteers and get to know 'new' volunteers as we work together at the various events."
Kendra Scott Gives Back to San Antonio Sports
Join us for an evening of shopping benefiting San Antonio Sports on Wednesday, April 12 from 5-8 p.m. at Kendra Scott-La Cantera (15900 La Cantera Parkway, #2290). Twenty percent of all sales--in store or call in--will benefit San Antonio Sports. Kendra Scott will be launching its summer collection, and their jewelry makes the perfect Mother's Day or graduation gift. Hope to see you there!
Pull for Kids
San Antonio Sports' annual Pull for Kids
invitational shotgun shoot will be held on Wednesday, May 10 at the National Shooting Complex and benefits our youth programs.
There are various ways to participate - as an individual, corporate team, or in our new Banker's Challenge, a special category for those in the financial industry. The Banker's Challenge a great opportunity to invite a client or two and enjoy some quality time while competing against other San Antonio financial institutions.
All participants enjoy an afternoon of spirited competition, good fun and networking, as well as a gourmet lunch from La Cantera Hill Country Resort, an opportunity to sharpen shooting skills with USA Olympic Gold Medalist and world record holder Terry Howard
, and an exclusive VIP gift bag. To register, contact Dorsena Picknell at 210-820-2112 or email@example.com
Texas Hold 'Em Tournament Benefits San Antonio Sports
The PM Group is hosting a Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament to benefit San Antonio Sports on Saturday, May 6. The grand prize is a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker. Nine finalists will receive prizes valued at $500 or more.
The tournament is being held at Northwest Center Office Building, 7550 IH10 West from 12-5 p.m. Your $200 entry fee includes food, drinks and first buy-in. Add-ons and re-buys are available until 2:30 p.m. It's a win-win! To reserve your seat, contact Peggy Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-490-2554.
The Local Organizing Committee for the 2018 Final Four is debuting an exclusive, limited-edition Fiesta medal and we have your first look! Medals will be available for a donation to our Final Four youth legacy programs or you can try to score one by following us on Facebook at Final Four - San Antonio!
Go!Kids Celebrate Fitness at SeaWorld
Last week, 27,700 elementary school students received a free SeaWorld ticket for completing the University Health System Go!Kids Challenge. For six weeks, children tracked their activity and nutrition on a special fitness log designed to help them build healthy habits. Now, they are being rewarded with Go!Kids Challenge Day at SeaWorld on Sunday, April 9. Keep up the good work Go!Kids!
Sponsor Profile: NuStar Energy
San Antonio Sports is grateful for NuStar Energy's longstanding support of our nonprofit organization. NuStar's support began before we actually existed! NuStar Chairman Bill Greehey, who was at the time founding Chairman and CEO of Valero Energy, was part of the volunteer group that in the 1980s helped create the San Antonio Sports Foundation, now San Antonio Sports. Greehey even provided an entire floor of Valero's headquarters to house the foundation's operations. The foundation operated out of Valero offices for more than 10 years, before the organization moved into its current offices in the Alamodome.
Over the years, Valero and NuStar have provided significant corporate resources and financial and volunteer support for just about all of San Antonio Sports' major events, programs and initiatives. And NuStar has always had a presence on the San Antonio Sports Board of Directors, which today includes Danny Oliver, NuStar's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Oliver served for two years as the board's chairman in 2014 and 2015. NuStar has also been very active in and supportive of the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup event, having won Division II the last two years!
"We are really proud to support San Antonio Sports because they have always had such a positive impact on our community," said Greehey. "Beyond the major amateur sporting events they bring to San Antonio that provide such significant economic impact and exposure for our city, it has been great to see how they have also expanded their programs to benefit the community in so many other ways. Today they give local kids the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports programs, provide sports and playground equipment and facilities for kids in underserved areas, and offer outstanding programs that promote healthy lifestyles for kids and their families! So we look forward to continuing our support of the organization for years to come, as it is a great investment in our community."