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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - December 2013
San Antonio Sports

December, 2013


i play! afterschool kickoff
The Power of Sport

USATF Cross Country

Hall of Fame

NCAA Championship City

A Transformational Evening
Hall of FameThe San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute has been San Antonio Sports' largest fundraiser since its inception in 1995. It’s always a first rate event and a memorable evening. But this year promises to be even better as it undergoes a transformation with a new location and live entertainment. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and promises to be a great night of celebration and fun. After the induction ceremony the Commodores will perform – they are first class entertainers and they will bring back some great memories --- Brick House, Easy, Three Times a Lady, Just To Be Close To You, Lady (You Bring Me Up), Night Shift and many more classics!

Four outstanding inductees will be admitted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. The Tribute will highlight the achievements of former Spurs head coach Stan Albeck, one of the best centers to play in the NBA and former Spur, Artis Gilmore, an original investor in the Spurs and a pioneer in Texas horse racing, Joe R. Straus, Sr.and the 2009 McAllister Park Little League All-Stars, the team that captured the city’s imagination as they reached the national finals in the Little League World Series.

When you support the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute, you’re giving local children the chance to be healthy, fit and to fulfill their dreams. Through i play! afterschool, 750 kids in two inner-city school districts have an opportunity to succeed through sports. They receive skill-based instruction in track, soccer, volleyball, tennis and golf as well as nutrition, character education, leadership and team-building skills. Our nonprofit organization also motivates hundreds of thousands of kids to lead active lives through the Corner Store Go!Kids ChallengeTM, Kids Rock marathon training program and Community Olympic Development Program.

Your support means San Antonio Sports can continue to fulfill its mission to transform our community through the power of sport. Please join us! For details or to purchase a table, visit or contact Myrna Reyes at 210.820.2109 or

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

Gridiron Stars Take to the Field in January
On January 4, San Antonio will offer one of the best lineups of high school football showcase events anywhere in the country. The San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B will follow the U.S. Army All-American Bowl which kicks off at noon. Eighty-six players representing 51 high schools were selected, with players geographically divided into East and West squads based on the location of their schools. Ron Rittimann(Johnson HS) and Darryl Hemphill (Stevens HS) will coach the East and West teams respectively. One ticket gets you into both games in the Alamodome, with the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game beginning at 5 p.m. A third game, the International Bowl is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. It’s a football feast! To get game details or purchase tickets, visit

March Madness ® Returns to San Antonio
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of March Madness® and see NCAA championship basketball LIVE in the AT&T Center. San Antonio is a site for the 2nd & 3rd rounds.Click here for ticket details.

Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships
Cross country dates back to the turn of the 20th century as an Olympic sport. The Olympic spirit is still alive in the sport today as thousands of youth athletes compete throughout the fall in USA Track and Field's Junior Olympic Cross Country program which will culminate this December in San Antonio. More than 3,400 cross country runners, ages 8 – 18, will hit the course to compete in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at the National Shooting Complex. Entry for the national championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, association, and regional levels. We are looking for volunteers to showcase the hospitality San Antonio is known for and to make this a memorable experience for the athletes and visitors. To volunteer, register online at

Three SPARK Parks Open

Three SPARK parks have been completed with school children and surrounding neighborhoods enjoying their new play spaces. SPARK is a school park program that turns public elementary and middle school property into neighborhood parks to be enjoyed by the community outside of school hours. Grand openings were held in November atSky Harbour Elementary (Southwest ISD), Camelot Elementary (North East ISD) and Neal Elementary (San Antonio ISD).

SPARK is an initiative of San Antonio Sports in partnership with the City of San Antonio and participating school districts. The UTSA College of Architecture also participates in the planning process. A licensee of SPARK Houston, San Antonio Sports has spearheaded the SPARK effort with schools throughout Bexar County. Five SPARK parks will be completed by the end of the year in four City Council districts, with eight completed by the end of the school year and five more by the end of summer vacation. There will be at least one SPARK in each City Council district.

SPARK brings together the resources of government, school districts, the private sector, colleges and universities, neighborhood groups, PTA’s and concerned citizens to make San Antonio a healthier place. “This is an ideal shared-use agreement,” saysRuss Bookbinder, President & CEO, San Antonio Sports. “It’s a cost-effective way to promote physical activity and provide parks and playgrounds for our community, which we know to be a key in combating obesity.”

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Wrap

Rock 'n' RollWarm temperatures didn’t faze 26,000 runners who took to the streets for the 6th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon. Runners enjoyed a new course and country star Joe Nichols performed for an enthusiastic crowd outside the Alamodome at the post-race concert. The first half of an epic attempt ended well for 39-year-old Michael Wardian, who won the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds. After crossing the finish line, Wardian headed straight to the airport, bound for a second marathon attempt at Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas that evening. He was joined by 84 others whose goal was to do two races in one day.Jena Kincaid took the women’s title, Abraham Rutto and Dani Fischer won the half marathon. To see pictures from race weekend, click here. The 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon will be Dec. 7.

Championship Collegiate Soccer Soccer Shines at Toyota Field
Fierce competition and chilly weather marked the fifth time San Antonio Sports and Trinity University hosted the NCAA DIII Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championship, with some of the nation's best college soccer teams playing at Toyota Field on Dec. 6 and 7. Defending men’s champion, Messiah (PA) bested Rutgers-Camden (NJ) 2-1 in double overtime. This is the tenth championship in 14 years for Messiah. William Smith College defeated Trinity University 2-0 in front of the home crowd to win the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship. It's the second national championship in Heron soccer history.

The Herons did not allow a single goal in all six NCAA tournament victories, and allowed just six goals all season. It's the 480th career win for William Smith Soccer Head Coach Aliceann Wilber, the winingest coach in Division III women's soccer. 

San Antonio Sports thanks the staff of our co-host, Trinity University, for their efforts. We especially want to congratulate the Trinity University women’s soccer team for a stellar season, which took them all the way to the national championship finals.

Three Foundations Support San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports received a generous grant for $7,500 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Grant funds will support youth programs that benefit disadvantaged youth in Bexar County who participate in sports trainings that will impact their health and wellness.

San Antonio Sports also received a grant for $7,000 from the Faye and William L. Cowden Charitable Foundation. Grant funds will support the SPARK program. The SPARK program transforms school playgrounds into neighborhood parks, and is a unique collaboration between school district, the City of San Antonio, and San Antonio Sports. 

The Sundt Foundation recently donated $2,500 to San Antonio Sports. Grant funds will be used to support the i play! afterschool program in 30 elementary school campuses. Since it was founded over a century ago, Sundt has been dedicated to improving the communities where it operates. The Foundation receives most of its funding through employee contributions, which are matched by the company. 

Kick Cancer Soccer Clinic
Kick Cancer Soccer Camp is a camp with a purpose and its mission is to bring together soccer communities to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. On Dec. 14 & 15, the San Antonio Scorpions players and coaching staff will help put on a clinic at the STAR Soccer Complex. They are inspired by a San Antonio family who lost their 10-year-old son Nicolas last year to a rare form of cancer. The family had been working with a former professional soccer player in Houston (where Nicolas was receiving treatment) to put on soccer clinics that would both raise money for children’s cancer research and give young kids the opportunity to train with professional soccer players. After Nicolas passed away, his parents Lourdes and Jorge decided to bring the Kick Cancer Soccer clinic back to San Antonio. ALL proceeds from the camps go to Curing Children’s Cancer Fund, Camp fees $55.00 for ages 5-18 participating in the youth camp and $25.00 for 5 and under.

For more information, click here or call 210.495.8686.

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