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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - June 2013
San Antonio Sports

June, 2013


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Fore! Kids Golf at Afterschool Program
Fore! Hundreds of Students Tee up at First Tee

Bexar County Games
Affordable youth competition at great Bexar County venues. 

NCAA Championship City

Acquisition Enhances Capacity and Sustainability
Recently, San Antonio Sports acquired Kids Sports Network (KSN), a nonprofit association dedicated to the enhancement of non-school youth sports. KSN programs and events, including the Spurs Youth Basketball League, San Antonio High School All-Star Football Game and Coach Ed training add depth to our roster of outstanding programs. 

Coach Ed provides training and certification for youth sports coaches and the All-Star game celebrated its 35th anniversary last month. Both of these sustainable properties have significant growth potential and align well with our mission to transform our community through the power of sports. What sets us apart from other sports commissions around the country is our commitment and dedication to kids. Combining these two organizations will allow us to reach more kids and expand what we can offer to parents and children and those who are part of the ever-expanding world of youth sports. 

Several of KSN's full-time staff will now be employed by San Antonio Sports, withBrandon Parrott serving as vice president of events, Tony Benke as director of event operations, and Jeff Jones as Coach Ed manager.

We've also made some internal promotions. Mary Ullmann Japhet has been named San Antonio Sports' senior vice president, communications and community engagement, and Sylvia Montemayor, vice president of finance and administration. Mary has been with the organization since 2001, and will continue to manage the organization's marketing and public relations functions and provide oversight of our development initiatives and youth programs. Sylvia will oversee our finance, human resources and grant departments. 

I'm very excited about the future of San Antonio Sports and what we can accomplish to benefit our community. Our leadership and the talented group of members that make up our team will continue to position us as one of the premier organizations in our field.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

Corporate Cup Champions Crowned
Congratulations to 2013 champions of the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup, presented by HEB. The winners were: H-E-B (division one), Spurs Sports & Entertainment (division two), Airrosti Rehab Centers (division three), and Clear Channel Outdoor (division four). The University of the Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium was humming with excitement and cheers as teams competed in events like tug-of-war, dodgeball, golf chipping, 3-on-3 basketball, a 4x100 relay and eight more. Team tents filled the surrounding lots as 56 businesses spent a day focused on employee camaraderie, wellness, and athletic skill. Proceeds benefited San Antonio Sports kids programs. Three charities were also big winners, as teams earned points based on donations. Thanks to all the businesses who donated 337,690 pounds of food to the Food Bank, 4,474 pints of lifesaving blood to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, and 8,702 pairs of socks, 117 bras, 1,234 t-shirts, 1,269 pairs of underwear and $5,499 which will provide rental assistance for 11 families and their goal towards self-sufficiency to Haven for Hope. Click here to see photos from the day. 

Bexar County Games
Opening ceremonies for the inaugural Bexar County Games, presented by Ancira, are only a week away. The games are community-wide youth sports competitions that will take place in the new Bexar County venues built with the voter-approved extension of the visitor tax. Registration starts at $5. First up is track and field on June 15. The remaining competitions include soccer (June 22-23), swimming (July 20) and basketball (Nov. 9-10). San Antonio Sports will manage the games, which will provide an affordable way for local youth to participate in athletic competitions and to 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.

Registration is available online. To find out more about each competition and specific registration deadlines, visit

Fit Family Challenge Off and Running

More than 1,200 people helped kick off the 2013 San Antonio Sports Fit Family Challenge at the D4 Heroes 5K at Port San Antonio. It was great to see so many families—including parents, grandparents, children and pets—spend a morning being active. Weekly fitness events are being held at seven locations through Aug. 18. The entire 12-week summer program is free to families. The next big event is June 8 at Hardberger Park. Family-friendly activities will include playing soccer with the San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team players, Community First human hamster ball races and a bike rodeo. It's never too late to join the Fit Family Challenge. To learn more or to register, The Fit Family Challenge is FREE to all participants.

UIW Fencing Facility
The UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing and International Sports recently opened. It is the final of 13 amateur athletic venues to be built with $80 million from the Bexar County venue tax extension approved by voters in 2008. The center is located at St. Anthony High School, which is owned by the University of the Incarnate Word. The $4 million facility is 18,000 square feet and has eight fencing strips, a basketball/volleyball gymnasium, an international sports area for badminton and table tennis, and an armory. The center will serve as the home for the UIW fencing team, as well as for UIW-affiliated high school and local club teams.

Pull for Kids a Success
San Antonio Sports 2013 Pull for Kids trap & skeet shoot fundraiser at the National Shooting Complex was a huge success, raising $65,000 for our kids programs. Thank you to all our sponsors, especially AT&T U-verse, participants and volunteers. We especially want to recognize our extraordinary event committee: Justin Steen, (chair), Danny Butler and Steve Richards. To see photos from the day, click here. The winners were: Individual High Overall – Bill Ethridge; High Individual – Runner Up – Tricia Kocurek; High Individual – Third Place – Sam Bennett; High Woman – Tricia Kocurek.

SAS is Gold Again
San Antonio Sports has received gold-level recognition in the small worksite category from the San Antonio Business Group on Health. This is the second year our non-profit has earned this recognition. Flex time for physical activity, complimentary gym memberships and ½ day off for attaining 250,000 steps a month are some of the ways San Antonio Sports provides incentives to employees to be physically active.

Left to right: Mayor Julián Castro; Gina Castro, San Antonio Sports; Dr. Peter Wald, Chair, San Antonio Business Group on Health; Mary Ullmann Japhet, Chair, Mayor's Fitness Council & Sr. VP San Antonio Sports; and Dorsena Picknell, San Antonio Sports.

Dr. Susan Blackwood Recognized by State Legislators
San Antonio Sports Executive Director Susan Blackwoodwas recently recognized for her service to the City of San Antonio and the State of Texas by the Texas House of Representatives. 

Left to Right: Rep. José Menéndez, Susan Blackwood, James Blackwood, Rep. Joe Straus; Rep. Philip Cortez.

Corporate Champions
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Business Champions
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Champions Club
(Individuals giving $1000+.)
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Dana Carter
Jim & Katie Reed 

Individual Champions 
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Bill Armwood
Marcos Barros
Diana Braschler
Charles Cheever
Mayor Henry G. Cisneros
Cannon Clifton
Frank and Cecilia Herrera
Jose Menendez
Buddy Meyer
Richard & Judy Perez
D. W. Rutledge
Jim Watts
Lora Watts

View the complete list of individual champions. 


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