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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - October 2012
San Antonio Sports

October, 2012

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Thousands Get Fit as a Family
San Antonio Sports Powers Kids’ Marathon Training Program for Elementary Schools

HOF Golf Classic
Enjoy a great day of golf at the beautiful Dominion Country Club and be among the first to know who will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Duck 'n' Dodge
Relive your playground glory days and have some fun for a good cause. Register your team today!

Catch Soccer Fever
San Antonio will be the site of two soccer championships this fall! Get your tickets today for the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship and the NCAA DIII Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championship.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
New!  A Mini Marathon!  Capture the spirit of the true Rock ‘n’ Roll experience in a shorter 3 Mile distance.

HEB Community Challenge
Help San Antonio beat other Texas cities! Sign up today.

NCAA Championship City

Thanks to our City Team

It’s no secret that San Antonio is a beloved location for major amateur sporting events. Since 1989, San Antonio Sports-hosted events have generated more than $424 million in economic impact and delivered a memorable experience for athletes and their fans. With our beautiful downtown, plethora of hotel rooms and spectacular fall/winter/spring weather, we often hear that visitors love the Alamo City and would like to return. Our partner for decades in making San Antonio an attractive sport destination is the Convention & Visitors Bureau. They help us secure hotel rooms needed for rights-holders, teams and fans, as well as book city facilities. For example, the CVB books the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center whenever a coaches’ convention is part of one of the premier athletic events we’re hosting.

Sports tourism is increasingly competitive and San Antonio remains a very popular location. We’re glad the CVB is on our team, as well as ALL the city departments that help make hundreds of events possible!

Dr. Susan Blackwood
Executive Director

Dare to Dodge?
Duck 'n' Dodge Relive your playground glory days and register for San Antonio Sports’ Duck ‘N Dodge city dodgeball tournament! The event takes place this Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Alamodome in parking lot B. There are two divisions: open and co-ed, in which two players must be female. Winning teams in each division will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Registration for each 6-8 person team is $125. Individuals can also register as a free agent for $25 and will be placed on a team. The deadline for entries is Thursday, October 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Creative costumes and crazy team names are part of the fun. Skill or athletic ability is not required to play. Proceeds benefit San Antonio Sports kids programs. For questions, call (210) 820-2100 or visit

Hall of Fame Golf Classic
It’s not too late to register your team for a day of golf at the Dominion Country Club’s world-class course, the site of San Antonio Sports’ annual Hall of Fame Golf Classic on October 15.  San Antonio Sports Hall of Famers Frank Arnold, Jerry Comalander, Joe Cortez, Joel Horlen, Rudy Davalos, Gary Bell, Johnny Moore, John Miles, and Cliff Johnson will be playing, and participants also get a terrific goodie bag and delicious breakfast.  After the tournament you’ll have a front-row seat at the press conference to announce the 2013 inductees into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. All proceeds benefit San Antonio Sports kids programs. Don’t miss the excitement and fun.  Click here to register or contact Myrna Reyes at or 210.820.2109.

Big 12 Women's Soccer
Christo Law Don’t miss your chance to see premier student-athletes in action. San Antonio Sports and the University of Texas are the proud hosts of the 2012 Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship, October 31 and November 2 and 4 at Blossom Soccer Stadium. Day passes are $7 (children under 5 are free), three-day passes are $15, and team packages (20 tickets) are $99. For a tournament schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

San Antonio Sports Leader Receives Rings of Gold Award
George BlockThe United States Olympic Committee announced that San Antonio Sports founder and chairman of the board, George Block, is the recipient of its 2012 Rings of Gold award. The Rings of Gold award annually recognizes an individual and a program dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. Block was recognized at a celebratory dinner, along with four other annual award winners, during the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly that took place Sept. 20-21 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Block is a retired Olympic swim coach, athletic director and mentor who worked for the Northside Independent School District for 32 years. Upon his retirement in 2009, the district named its aquatics center in his honor – the George Block Aquatics Center. Formerly the high performance director for USA Pentathlon, Block has served USA Swimming in many capacities, including as vice president and as a national team coach. In addition, Block has been deeply involved in the San Antonio community.

"This is something that I never even imagined,” said Block. “To be recognized by the finest Olympic Committee in the world for a lifetime of work in little San Antonio literally left me speechless."

“George Block embodies the Olympic spirit and has lived its ideals throughout his professional career,” said Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of San Antonio Sports. “He has guided thousands of young people to pursue excellence -- in body, mind and spirit. Block has worked to ensure every child, no matter his or her financial situation, has the opportunity to excel in sport, is encouraged in his or her academic pursuits and learns that giving back is simply the practice of a well-rounded citizen.”

Volunteers Wanted
Volunteering! Fall is a busy time at San Antonio Sports. We have several events in November and December and are looking for volunteers.  If you can donate your time and valued energy to the San Antonio Sports, we are looking for assistance with the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship, the Rock ‘n Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon and NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship.  You can sign-up online and pick your shift.  For specific questions, contact David Blank at or 210.820.2191.

Our volunteer opportunities are highly rewarding, and a great opportunity to meet new people, work for a good cause, earn student service hours and become involved while having fun at the same time!

You Can Still Be an Angel
BIG discounts on local hotels and attractions are still available as part of the San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association’s Angel program! Check out the “deal of the week” for rock-bottom prices on select hotel rooms, or visit eBay for SAHLA Angel packages that offer three room nights plus food.  Click to steal a deal today. San Antonio Sports is one of the charities to benefit from your purchases.

Corporate Champions
Become a Corporate Champion.
Ancira Enterprises, Inc.
Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk
View the complete list of corporate champions.

Business Champions
Become a Business Champion.
Eliseo’s Garage
Lone Star Capital Bank, NA
Mass Mutual

View the complete list of business champions.

Champions Club
(Individuals giving $1000+.)
Join the Champions Club.
James Allen
Lisa Friel
George “Tim” Hixon
Greg & Leigh Ann King
Mike & Sheryl Sculley
Marsha Shields
Mark H. Wright

Individual Champions
Become an Individual Champion.
Louise Actkinson
Col. George P. Becknell
Harvey S. Cain
Tim Cantu
Jenny Carnes
Rick Cavender
Gina Castro
Dr. Charles Christian
Allen Cockrell
Larry Coker
Jerry Comalander
Debbie Degollado
June Dodd
James M.  Doyle, Jr.
James Garner
Jane Gay
Bill Goetz
Richard Hill
Bruce Jendrzey
Linda Johnson
Cary Plotkin Kavy
Michael Lopez
Janet Lorenz
Randy Majek
Alan M. McDonald
John & Rose Monday
Sandy Morander
Gregory Muenster
Margaret Netemeyer
Dolores Ostwald
Jonathan D. Owens
Krishna Perkins
Sister Schotts Reed
Steve Reesing
Stevan Richards
Bruce C. Rockstroh
Dr. Victor Rodriguez
Dr. Paul Saenz
Robert I. Shelby
Larry Shipley
Ed & Carol Smith
Michael Waun
Alyson Woodard
View the complete list of individual champions.


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