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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - January 2015
San Antonio Sports

January, 2015

Local All-Stars Shine
The local high school football season officially came to an end on Jan. 3 with the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B.  More than 11,220 fans saw 100 of the best seniors from the San Antonio area representing 52 schools play on the field in the Alamodome. Congratulations to the East for its 30-13 victory over the West. The Whataburger Impact Player of the Game was Steele High School's LG Williams. Special thanks to coaches David Wetzel (East) and John Campbell (West) for their time and dedication to the players and game. You may watch the recorded broadcast of the game and find photos here. If you'd like to purchase merchandise, click here.  

Corporate Cup 2015 presented by H-E-B

Registration is open for the 2015 San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup, presented by H-E-B.  Scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at the University of the Incarnate Word, this day of friendly competition celebrating employee wellness and camaraderie is one of the best things your company can do for business, wellness and helping the community. The charity challenge officially began Jan. 1 with participating companies earning points through donations to beneficiaries Haven for Hope, the San Antonio Food Bank and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, but companies can join at any point through May 8, 2015.

Proceeds from the Corporate Cup will provide sports and fitness programs for the youth of our community, especially those who are underserved. The glory is tempting and beating a rival company on the competition field tastes oh so good, but if you need the best reason, do it for the kids!  Visit to learn more or to download a registration packet.


Kronkosky Grant Funds Program to Get Families Moving
San Antonio Sports has received a $200,000 grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation to fund Fit Family Challenge, our summer program designed to improve the health and wellness of San Antonio families through an incentive-based, family-friendly effort that supports and sustains physical activity and healthy eating. Fit Family Challenge targets families who live in San Antonio neighborhoods identified as high risk for ongoing health problems.   Fit Family Challenge, which will launch its sixth summer of programing in May, is a collaborative consisting of local nonprofits, school districts, area businesses, and local government agencies. 

San Antonio Area Foundation Supports San Antonio Sports
The San Antonio Area Foundation is supporting San Antonio Sports with a Capacity Building Grant so our nonprofit can repeat the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) internal evaluation of the organization and identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.  The CCAT is the most comprehensive, valid, and reliable tool of its kind, and has been used by funders and nonprofits as a planning, capacity building, research, and evaluation tool.

CPS Energy

Thanks to CPS Energy for sponsoring San Antonio Sports' first ever All-Star Cheer Challenge.

Eight local cheer squads had the opportunity to cheer at the nationally-televised (NBC) U.S. Army American Bowl or the locally-televised (CW35) San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game. Participating schools' cheer squads earned points through online voting and the sale of discounted game tickets.  The top schools were John Jay, Memorial, East Central, Regan, Brackenridge, Taft and Saint Mary's Hall High Schools.  The squads added color and energy to the games as they cheered on the teams!

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame 
Have you purchased your table for the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute?  This gala, which is the induction ceremony for the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, is San Antonio Sports' largest fundraiser.  It's a special evening complete with live entertainment from Grand Funk Railroad ("Some Kind of Wonderful," "We're an American Band," "Loco-Motion"). The top notch live and silent auctions will include a fall hunt at NuStar Lodge in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and 7 days/6 nights at a private home in Crested Butte, CO.  Doug MoeAl LaMacchiaPat FrostLori Norwood and Gary DeLaune make up the class of 2015.  Get your table or tickets today. Click here or contact Myrna Reyes at 210-820-2109 or

NEISD's Jerry Comalander Retiring
Congratulations to Jerry Comalander, who is retiring as the Executive Director of Athletics at North East Independent School District on January 31. He's served in that position since 1988 after a successful 27-year coaching career. Comalander led two teams to state football championships: Uvalde H.S. in 1972 and Winston Churchill H.S. in San Antonio in 1976. His football coaching record at Churchill includes 125 wins, 28 losses and 3 ties for a winning percentage of 80%. He's a member of the San Antonio Sports of Fame (2008), the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Honor (2005) and the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor (1991). Thanks, Coach, for your friendship and for your dedication to the health, fitness and athletic achievement of children in our community.

Support San Antonio Sports While Shopping Online
If you shop online using Amazon or Amazon Prime, AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. San Antonio Sports is a registered charitable organization on AmazonSmile. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization – we're listed as "San Antonio Sports" - to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Looking Ahead to an Exciting Year

As we embark upon a new year, 2015 promises to be a year that San Antonio Sports continues to make a difference in our community. This week we're kicking off the 12th annual University Health Systems Go!Kids Challenge in 250 elementary schools.  Next month we're inducting five outstanding individuals with ties to San Antonio into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. The black-tie gala that serves as the induction ceremony -- the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute -- is our largest fundraiser and will feature entertainment from Grand Funk Railraod.  More than 1,100 children in our i play! afterschool program will show off their volleyball skills at a special tournament on Valentine's Day at Mission Concepción Sports Park.  For the first time, the Alamodome will be site of the UIL Boys and Girls State Basketball Tournament in March.  And speaking of the Alamodome, San Antonio's City Council approved funding $41 million in renovations as we prepare to host the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four. In April, the first of four national swimming competitions -- the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship -- will be held in San Antonio at the beautiful Northside Swim Center. At the same time we will be launching a major learn-to-swim initiative -- Viva Swim, For Life. 

The rest of the year promises to be just as busy and as exciting. If you're not a member of our team -- as a volunteer or as a donor -- you can help us make a difference by joining us as we transform our community through the power of sport. Read below or visit SanAntonioSports.orgto learn more.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO


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