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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - April 2013
San Antonio Sports

April, 2013

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Valero Go!Kids Photos
Local Students Part of Elite Eight

Corporate Cup 2013
Don’t miss the day-long friendly competition that encourages camaraderie, wellness, charitable giving and athleticism. Register your team for the 2013 San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup - presented by HEB.

Pull for Kids 2013
Third annual invitational shotgun shoot on May 8, 2013 benefits San Antonio Sports kids programs.

NCAA Championship City

Rethinking the Way We Think About Non-Profits
I recently watched a TED talk by activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta. He covers five areas where he believes there are two rule books: one for the non-profit sector and one for “the rest of the world.”  These areas are in compensation, advertising and marketing, taking risk on new revenue ideas, time permitted to achieve break-even, and appropriately using profit to attract risk capital.

Understanding that we are all stewards of what we have in life, I believe he presents a very interesting point of view.  Having worked in the private sector world of professional sports, for a state university system and now leading a very credible non-profit organization, I can relate with many of his points. There is a steep contrast in how non-profits and for-profit businesses operate in the modern world.

His video presentation is worth watching for any and all of us who are tasked with running organizations that can leave a major impact in our communities, nations and the world. It will also be interesting to those who contribute to non-profits.

Click here to watch Pallotta’s presentation.  I welcome your feedback on the points he raises.  Let’s start a dialogue on how we can continue to strengthen San Antonio Sports and others doing great work to make a difference in people’s lives. Email me at

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

Bexar County Games
Bexar County and San Antonio Sports will co-host the 2013 Bexar County Games presented by Ancira, a community-wide youth sports competition that will take place in new Bexar County venues that were built with the extension of the visitor tax.  Competitions will be held in basketball, swimming, soccer and track & field.  San Antonio Parks & Recreation will also support the games.

The Bexar County Games are designed to offer affordable access to sport competitions while showcasing the new amateur sports facilities funded by $80 million approved by voters in the Bexar County 2008 venue tax extension. The games will provide a way for local youth to participate and qualify for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) State Games of Texas when eligible.  TAAF annually hosts winter and summer games that draw thousands of amateur and recreational competitors from all over the state.

 “Our focus is to develop healthy kids, provide places to play and deliver events that impact. This is one more way that local youth can experience the transformational power of sport,” said Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO, San Antonio Sports.  “It is our hope that thousands of children will have fun competing at these wonderful venues, and be inspired to live active, healthy lives.”

To learn more, click here.

Bragging Rights at Stake
Get your game on at the 2013 San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by H-E-B, June 1 at the University of the Incarnate Word.   It’s field day for grownups!  Businesses large and small will participate in 13 sports, from the silly to the competitive.  From tug-of-war to golf chipping to a track relay, your team could win it all. The friendly competition is designed to spur co-worker camaraderie and celebrate workplace health and fitness. 

Companies and organizations will be assigned to one of four divisions according to the number of their San Antonio-based employees.  Whether running in a 5K or kicking a soccer ball, employees will accumulate points for their teams.  They can also earn points in the Charity Challenge, an opportunity to contribute goods and services to three local charities: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope. The Corporate Cup trophy and year-long bragging rights will be awarded to the top team in each division.

“This is not only a fun event for companies large and small, but it will foster a culture of fitness in our community,” says Russ Bookbinder, San Antonio Sports’ President & CEO. “It’s a win-win-win event.  It promotes health, teamwork and camaraderie among co-workers.” 

Proceeds from the Corporate Cup will support San Antonio Sports’ kids programs. Visit for San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup details or call 210-820-2100.

Go!Kids Field Day
Field DayThe 2013 Valero Go!Kids ChallengeTM will wrap up with a special field day, presented by H-E-B, for kids and their families in the Alamodome on Sunday, April 21.  Come any time between noon and 3 p.m. We’ll have field games, Rotengo, performances by school groups, appearances by mascots and a health and fitness fair with giveaways and activities from our sponsors.  The entire event is FREE, and parking is $5.

For eight weeks, students in elementary schools around the city have been challenged to be physically active for an hour a day, six days a week and to make water their primary choice to drink.  They have received special wristbands which are good at participating Valero Corner Stores for a free bottle of Fresh Choices water every time they visit.  They record their activity online at or on logs they received a school.  This is the 10th anniversary of the Valero Go!Kids Challenge which is offered to 180,000 children across the city.

San Antonio Sports Saturdays at EZ's

Every Saturday through April 20 will be “San Antonio Sports Saturday” at all local EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill locations. Enjoy your favorite EZ’s food and drop your receipt in the specially-marked boxes at the pick-up counter. Fifteen percent of pre-tax proceeds will be donated back to San Antonio Sports. It’s EZ!

2013 NCAA Fencing Championships

Two local fencers helped their college teams win first and second place when San Antonio hosted the NCAA Fencing Championships March 21-24 at Freeman Coliseum.  The NCAA champion is determined by combining men’s and women’s results from round-robin matches.  Olympian Courtney Hurley, a Warren High School graduate, captured the women’s epee title and helped Notre Dame earn second place.  Princeton was the overall team champion in the 25- team field.  Princeton senior and St. Mary’s Hall graduate, Edward Kelley, Jr. made it to the semi-finals before losing and placed third overall.

2013 NCAA Elite Eight
Congratulations to the Ashland (OH) Eagles who won the NCAA 2013 Elite Eight Women’s Basketball Championship.  They were victorious over the Dowling (NY) Golden Lions, 76-51.  This was the second year in a row that Ashland reached the championship game.  They lost last year in overtime to Shaw, NC.  This was Dowling’s first time to reach the Elite Eight.  Ashland’s center Kari Daugherty was the tournament’s MVP.  The championship game topped the week- long competition which also included team school visits (see Kids Impact story) and attendance by more than 1,000 local kids. 


Toyota Texas Awards a $1,000 Grant to Fit Family Challenge
San Antonio Sports received a generous $1,000 grant from Toyota Texas for the 2013 Fit Family Challenge. This program improves the health and wellness of San Antonio families through routine family-friendly physical activity and nutrition activities that support an active healthy lifestyle.  Grant funds will help support the county-wide events planned for the summer of 2013.

San Antonio Sports Board Member Appointed to State Board
Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed David R. Schmidt, M.D. to the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The board is the licensing and regulatory authority for athletic trainers in Texas.

Schmidt is a board member and past chairman of San Antonio Sports.  He’s an orthopaedic surgeon, and a founding partner and president of Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio. He is the team physician for the San Antonio Spurs, Trinity University and The University of Texas at San Antonio, and an adjunct professor in orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Corporate Champions
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Colonial Life
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
Silver Eagle Distributors

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Business Champions
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Holiday Inn San Antonio Airport
Ideal Signs LLC
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Champions Club
(Individuals giving $1000+.)
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Individual Champions
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Amber Barnes
Mary Rose Brown
Donna Budjenska
Mike Chapman
Dr. Daniel Franks
Valorie Jackson
Jerry & Brenda Johnson
Margie O’Krent
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