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Silver & Black Give Back

March, 2014

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Kawhi Leonard Attends SYBL Clinic

San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Jim Boylen & forward Kawhi Leonard lead clinic

The gym at the Westside YMCA was packed with over 200 kids, all cheering as Kawhi Leonard made his entrance. The Spurs forward answered questions from the kids.

Then they got down to business as Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen lead them through the drills and shots that the players practice, before he and Kawhi picked teammates and competed in some Spurs Two-Ball. Kawhi's team won!

Kawhi Leonard is the commissioner of the Spurs Youth Basketball League, which Coach Pop co-founded 24 years ago. To learn more about the league click here. To see photos from the event click here.


What our players are up to:

Spurs and Rampage players pitch in to help Team Up students with their projects

March has been a busy month for the Team Up Challenge and we wanted to share some amazing stories of how our Spurs and Rampage players have rolled up their sleeves - sometimes literally - to help our Team Up Challenge groups with their community projects.

  1. Rampage players Mike Caruso and Jon Mastumoto stuffed military care packages with students from Stevens High School. The group has identified kids, teachers and staff at the school who have family members deployed overseas and regularly send them encouraging notes and care packages. This one even included girl scout cookies! Click here to see the photos.
  2. Aron Baynes couldn't find gardening gloves that fit his hands, but that didn't stop the Spurs center from grabbing a rake and helping St. Luke's Episcopal School students clean up Fred & Olivia Davila's yard. The group provides lawn services to elderly citizens who might not be able to afford the services and cannot do the work themselves. Click here to watch the video recap and click here to see the photos.
  3. San Antonio Rampage players Ryan Martindale and Quinton Howden brushed up on their Greek mythology when they joined Big Country Elementary's Percy Jackson book club in Greek God pictionary. Team Ryan took a commanding lead that a late push by Team Quinton couldn't overcome. Big Country Elementary hopes to inspire other students to love to read by helping them create book clubs around their interests. Click here to see the photos.
  4. San Antoino Spurs center Jeff Ayres said if he wasn't a basketball player he'd want to be a racecar driver! The students in Zachry Middle School's Community of Readers club took that to heart as they planned their after school reading activity with Knowlton Elementary. Jeff read a book about racing and then made his very own racecar. Zachry's students regularly read at Knowlton Elementary and give each child a book at the end of their sessions. Click here to see the photos.
  5. Chef Jason Dady teamed up with the Mustang Muscle club at Metzger Middle School and San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Bellinelli at his new restaurant, Omai Mi. Chef Dady led a demonstration on how to make two simple, healthy dishes - teaching the students & Marco about what ingredients make the flavor of a dish, before the group sat down to a delicious lunch. Metzger's students hope to create a Junior Health Advisory Board within their district.Click here to see the photos.

Follow Silver & Black Give Back on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about how our franchises support the great work students are doing in our community.

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Tux 'N Tennies Travel Partner

Unique experiences made possible by Corporate Travel Planners

This year's Tux 'N Tennies gala, presented by SWBC and H-E-B, featured some fantastic travel getaways - including the Three Point Play in the live auction, which featured first class travel to New York, San Francisco, and two business class trips to anywhere in Europe!

CTP also provided the airfare the for silent auction, including travel for our Saturday Night Live and Jay Leno's Tonight Show experiences. Their support of Silver & Black Give Back helps us have fun while fulfilling our mission of engaging young people to enrich their communities.

Together we have the power to empower! Check out more from Tux 'N Tennies at



Hand made glasses designed for SBGB

Local artist Gini Garcia created three designs for hand made tumblers, featured above. Each glass has a Spur at the base. Guests at this year's Tux 'N Tennies, presented by SWBC and H-E-B, received a glass as a gift at the event.

The glasses are available for purchase at 715 South Alamo Street or online A portion of each sale benefits Silver & Black Give Back.


Tim, Tony and Manu in Brilliant Technicolor

World renowned sports artist Malcolm Farley produced a limited number of giclee replica prints of the Tim, Tony and Manu painting sold during this year’s Tux ‘N Tennies live auction. He is famous for his visions of color and unique ability to capture the moment, the action, and the spirit of his subject. In his distinctive painting style, Malcom blends bold strokes of color with the drama and passion of the characters.  The giclee prints, with dimensions of 23”x40” are available for purchase at $1,500 each.  

To purchase call 210-444-5106 or email Gabrielle Gonzales  at

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