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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - February 2013
San Antonio Sports

February, 2013

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Kids Rock a Marathon of Their Own
Digging Volleyball

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.


DII NCAA Women's Elite Eight Basketball Championship
NCAA 2013 Women's Elite Eight
The top eight teams in the country will vie for the national title when San Antonio Sports and St. Mary’s University host the 2013 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship March 26-29 at Greehey Arena

Hall of Fame Tribute 2013
Fencers in NCAA DI, DII, & DII schools will meet in San Antonio to determine the national champions March 21-24 at Freeman Coliseum.

NCAA Championship City

Are you in?
Can you imagine two Olympic-size swimming pools in the Alamodome? It will happen if San Antonio hosts the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for Swimming. San Antonio is one of six cities bidding to host the Trials, and we need your help to convince USA Swimming officials that San Antonio is the right choice. Imagine cheering on the best swimmers in the nation as they vie for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Join our online campaign, “I’m In!” (see story below) and please share it with your friends, family and colleagues. You’ll join thousands of fans working to convince USA Swimming that the Alamo City will host the best Trials ever! Thanks for being on our team.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute
Hall of Fame It’s not too late to purchase your table or tickets to the best gala in town. On Friday evening, Feb. 15, five extraordinary individuals will be inducted in to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame: Norm Charlton, Joe Conrad, Nell Fortner, Larry Kenon and Edward Whitacre, Jr. The Tribute is San Antonio Sports’ largest fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting our kids programs. You will also have a chance to bid on some amazing auction items, like a one week stay at a four bedroom private home in Crested Butte, CO, a youth soccer clinic hosted by the San Antonio Scorpions, a catered party with live music at Leon Springs Dance Hall, Circuit of the Americas Formula One race tickets and much more! To purchase your table today, visit or call 210.820.2109.

I'm in!

San Antonio Sports has launched an online campaign to garner public support for its bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming. Visitors to, are invited to click “I’m In!” signaling their enthusiastic support to bring the Olympic Trials to the Alamodome.

The online campaign’s goal is to have thousands of fans be a part of convincing USA Swimming officials that San Antonio is the right host before their site visit on Feb. 20.

“Imagine being in the Alamodome to witness the best swimmers in the world like Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Brendan Hansen compete for a place on our nation’s Olympic team just weeks before they take the world stage at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” said San Antonio Sports board chairman and a former vice president for USA Swimming George Block. “If that excites you, then join our effort to show the USA Swimming selection committee that you’re in!”

Those who click “I’m In!” are invited to enter an email address. If San Antonio should win the bid, they’ll have the opportunity to purchase Trials tickets before they are released to the public and to register early as a volunteer. The webpage also features an artist’s rendition of the proposed pool layout in the Alamodome, which will house both the competition and warm up pools under one roof, and Mayor Julian Castro’s video message to USA Swimming officials.

Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen was in the Alamo City last week to work with San Antonio Sports on our bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympics Trials for Swimming.

Run the Jailbreak
The Jailbreak is coming to San Antonio on March 16! In this 5K, you run, climb, crawl and slide over 18 muddy, wet, fun-filled obstacles followed by beer, bands and BBQ. Click here to register. San Antonio Sports is the official charity of the local Jailbreak. Use code SASPORTS and save $10 while supporting San Antonio Sports!

Don't Miss Seeing Championship Basketball
The top eight teams in the country will vie for the national title when San Antonio Sports and St. Mary’s University host the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight Women’s Basketball Championship March 26, 27 & 29 at Greehey Arena. There are several FREE community events that are part of the championship:

• A youth basketball clinic with St. Mary’s University Women’s Basketball team and coach Tim Springer of Spartan Basketball is offered for students in grades 2-6 on Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m.
• San Antonio Sports has a limited number of FREE game tickets available for elementary and middle school groups to attend the game(s) of their choice. Group tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the deadline for requests is March 15. Email to get details.

To purchase game tickets or register for the youth clinic, visit or call 210-820-2100 for more information.

Help Wanted: Seeking Volunteers for 21 Events in 2013

If you enjoy volunteering, then look no further than San Antonio Sports. We have something for everyone—from the NCAA Elite Eight Women’s Basketball Championship, the NCAA National Collegiate Fencing Championship, USA Junior Diving West Nationals, to the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon and USA Track & Field Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships—to name a few! In all, we will host 21 events in 2013.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Events are posted online and those interested can choose their events and their shifts. San Antonio Sports-hosted events are also a great opportunity for students and others to earn community service hours.

San Antonio is known for its hospitality and no one says “Bienvenidos” like the friendly residents of our city. Our volunteer opportunities are a great opportunity to meet new people, work for a good cause and become involved while having a fun at the same time. To learn more or to register, visit Or contact David Blank, volunteer director, at 210.820.2191 or

The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant
San Antonio Sports received a generous $5,000 grant from The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation to support our afterschool program. San Antonio Sports Afterschool Program provides a safe, healthy environment for youth, specifically those at-risk of academic failure and poor health, to excel to their greatest potential. Grant funds will support transportation and professional development costs.

Corporate Champions
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Business Champions
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Peak Performance
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Champions Club
(Individuals giving $1000+.)
Join the Champions Club.
Jean Cheever
Susan McGee
Edward J. Mueller, M.D.

Individual Champions
Become an Individual Champion.
Christyn Baer
Clayton Craig
Derrick Fox
Cristina Heaney
Marissa Jimenez
B.J. “Red” McCombs
Arthur “Alex” Perez
John Thabet

View the complete list of individual champions.



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