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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - December 2012
San Antonio Sports

December, 2012

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Kids Rock a Marathon of Their Own
Kids Rock a Marathon of Their Own

Hall of Fame Tribute 2013
The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be inducted at the gala event on February 15, 2013 at the Alamodome. Inductees are Norm Charlton, Joe Conrad, Nell Fortner, Larry Kenon and Edward Whitacre, Jr.


NCAA Championship City

With Gratitude

I have so many things for which to be thankful at this time of year. At the top of my list is the wonderful staff at San Antonio Sports. I especially appreciate my right hand man, Bill Hanson. Bill is retiring in a few weeks (see story below) and we are so thankful that he has been part of this organization since its inception. We have never had to worry about an event’s logistics and knew that every detail had been tended to. Bill takes care of things quietly and efficiently, from having enough ice to transportation issues, even the emergency response plans. He has a knack for thinking of everything, so we’re not scrambling at the last minute due to lack of planning. Bill, your presence will be missed! Many of you know that Bill has agreed to direct the NCAA Fencing Championships in March and continue to provide oversight for the Bexar County facility audits for the next year or so. We are proud that he will continue to be part of our team.

I am also very grateful for our wonderful board of directors, members and sponsors. Your contributions of time and funding help us make a difference in the lives of children and adults by having healthy kids, places to play and events that impact.

It’s not too late to join our team in 2012. Please consider making a year-end contribution that allows us to continue to transform our community through the power of sport.

Dr. Susan Blackwood
Executive Director

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Hall of Fame Help us celebrate the transformational power of sport when the class of 2013 is inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 15. This black-tie gala is always an evening to remember and this year promises to be no different. Inductees include Norm Charlton, a member of the Cincinnati Reds “Nasty Boys” bullpen, Ed Whitacre, Jr., former AT&T CEO who made a lasting impact on the local sports scene, Joe Conrad, the only Texas golfer to win the British Amateur Championship, Nell Fortner, one of the nation’s leading women’s basketball coaches, and former San Antonio Spurs forward Larry Kenon. To purchase your table, visit or contact Myrna Reyes at or 210.820.2109

San Antonio Hosts Championship Soccer
Christo LawThe weather cooperated as eight teams vied for the national championships in NCAA Division III soccer. This was the fourth consecutive year San Antonio Sports and Trinity University have hosted the championship. Congratulations go to men’s and women’s winners Messiah College Falcons. This was the fourth time that both teams from the Harrisburg, Pa., school won the top prize in the same season.

San Antonio was also the site of the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship in November. The Baylor Bears won their first conference championship, beating conference newcomer, TCU 4-1. Baylor advanced to the NCAA tournament. This was the 16th consecutive and final year San Antonio hosted the championship.

Runners Rocked the Streets
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon celebrated its 5-year birthday in style when more than 25,000 entrants from all 50 states and 22 countries took to the city’s downtown streets.

San Antonio resident Jose Munoz emerged victorious in the marathon with a time of 2:27:53. Cross-country coach Elizabeth Eder, a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, won the women’s marathon in 3:06:20. Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, who is undefeated in five races this year, arrived in San Antonio through New York City, where he was a favorite to win the ING New York Marathon before it was canceled after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region. He was the first to cross the finish line outside the Alamodome, winning the men’s half marathon in 1:01:09, breaking the previous event record of 1:02:50 set by U.S. Olympian Brian Sell in 2008. Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas was first in the women’s half marathon.

Special thanks go to the 3,000+ volunteers who helped make the event a success. Over the event’s 5-year history, runners have raised nearly $6 million for charity and out of town visitors have pumped millions more into the local economy.

Shop Til You Drop
Mingle Jingle San Antonio Sports will be one of the charity beneficiaries when The Shops at La Cantera present Holiday Mingle & Jingle tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 until 9 p.m. The shopping bash will feature holiday fashions, holiday shopping incentives, cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the event with 100% of the ticket proceeds sold by San Antonio Sports benefitting our nonprofit organization. They can be purchased online by clicking here or at our table at the event.

Kronkosky Charitable Foundation Awards $200,000 Grant to Support Fit Family Challenge
KronkoskySan Antonio Sports received a generous $200,000 grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation for its 2013 Fit Family Challenge. The program’s goal is to improve the health and wellness of San Antonio families through routine family-friendly physical activity and nutrition education. Grant funds will support program costs to provide fitness and nutrition events, a training journal, interactive website, recognition activities, program staff, and evaluation services.

Aetna Foundation Awards $25,000 for ING Kids Rock San Antonio powered by San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports received a $25,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to support its ING Kids Rock San Antonio marathon training program. Kids Rock is a free, annual 8-week youth fitness program conducted in the fall to engage youth in an active healthy lifestyle through routine physical activity and good nutrition. Children follow a walking, jogging and/or running schedule – 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) for grades K-2 and a full marathon (26.2 miles) for grades 3-5.

Youth Programs Benefit from $2,500 The USAA Foundation Grant
San Antonio Sports is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from The USAA Foundation for its youth programs. Year ‘round, San Antonio Sports’ youth programs deliver sports and fitness programming to more than 180,000 children in every part of our community. For more information about our youth programs, please click here.

Bill Hanson Retires
Bill HansonBill Hanson, a founder of San Antonio Sports, is recognized as one of the top event operations professionals in the nation. As a member of the SAS staff for 22 years, Bill has been involved in all aspects of sports commission administration, event bids and operations. He will retire from his position as associate executive director for operations at the end of December.

Bill’s event management experience includes the multi-sport competitions the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Festival and the State Games of Texas. He has organized individual competitions for the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, the Goodwill Games and numerous NCAA, National Governing Bodies of various sports, Big 12 Conference, and local youth competitions and events created by San Antonio Sports. He is a past chairman of the National Association of Sports Commissions.

His behind-the-scenes work has resulted in San Antonio’s outstanding reputation for hosting successful events and San Antonio Sports being recognized as one of the premier sports commissions in the country. Both efficient and effective, we will miss Bill sorely. He promises not to be a stranger, although don’t count on him suffering through our summer heat as he plans to spend those months in Vermont.

Merry Fitmas! SAS Celebrates the Season
San Antonio Sports and the Mayor’s Fitness Council are participating in the city’s Light Up Downtown holiday lighting contest with a window in Rivercenter Mall facing Alamo Street. Our “Merry Fitmas” themed window features a very fit Santa and elf geared up for a bike ride and fun fitness activities. Please vote for us as the "Best Window Display by a Non-Profit Organization". You can vote every day through the end of the year. Just click here and vote now! Our window was created with the generous support of REI, which lent us the mountain bike and hi-tech gear, and esd and associates, which contributed the design.

San Antonio Sports Partners with the THSCA for an Evening of Recruiting Education
San Antonio Sports is proud to announce a FREE college recruiting “Super Seminar” for high school athletes, their parents, high school coaches and counselors on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 6:30pm in the Convocation Center on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The Super Seminar is provided free of charge through a joint partnership between San Antonio Sports, the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA), and the 501(c)3 nonprofit Recruiting Education Foundation, Inc.

To learn more, please view this PDF press release. Click here to pre-register now.

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