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Sidelines - September 2015
San Antonio Sports

September, 2015

Making a Difference
This is an exciting time to donate and support the mission of San Antonio Sports. Recently, we won the bid to host the 2018 NCAA® Men's Final Four® in San Antonio, helped ensure a $45 million Alamodome renovation, grew the number of SPARK (school parks) of which there are now 20 that provide our city safe places to play, and we increased our i play! afterschool program to 45 elementary schools now providing 1,125 elementary school students training in the fundamentals of five sports, nutrition and character education. 
This summer we increased participation in the Fit Family Challenge, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, by 22%, provided more than 500 health screenings and helped decrease the risk factors for diabetes and obesity in San Antonio. We developed VIVA SWIM For Life, presented by University Health Systemwhich encouraged all San Antonio families to learn to swim. Thanks to sponsors, free, life-saving swim lessons were available at all 24 outdoor City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation pools and 100% of the 2,880 lessons were filled. 
We need your help to continue to do the great work that our community needs. Give today - as an individual or a business - and together we can continue to fulfill San Antonio Sports' mission to transform our community through the power of sport. THANKS!
Charity Golf Classic 
The beautiful Dominion Country Club will once again be the site of San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic, presented by H-E-B and KENS 5 on October 5. Play as an individual or a sponsor and get 18 holes of golf with a cart, breakfast and lunch, cold beverages on the course, plus a front row seat as we announce who will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame at our lunchtime press conference. Awards are given to the first, second and third place teams, plus three "hole in one" contests, a putting contest and longest drive contest and other prize giveaways make it full day of fun. Register today at or contact Myrna Reyes ad 210-820-2109 or

Fall Means Football
Fall means football in Texas and it means that senior players will have an opportunity to be selected for the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B. Warren High School's Bryan Dausin and Wagner High School's Charles Bruce will serve as head coaches in this game that will showcase top local high school players following the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 in the Alamodome. Dausin will coach the West and Bruce the East in the battle between the area's top senior players who will take the field at 5 p.m. after the best in the country kick-off at 12 noon.
One ticket serves as admission for both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game presented by H-E-B. Tickets are available at the Alamodome Box Office and through for $15 (general admission) and $30 (reserved).
This year's players will be announced in October.
Valor Games Southwest 
San Antonio Sports is proud to host the Valor Games Southwest, supported by World Car, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee. The games will be held Sept. 21-23 for veterans and active duty service members who have sustained injuries resulting in permanent physical disabilities.  San Antonio is one of four cities selected to host the games, along with Chicago, Durham, NC and San Jose, CA.  
The goal of the three day multi-sport event is to expose service members to the transformational power of sport through the many opportunities available in the world of disabled sports and recreation. 
The Valor Games Southwest will offer competition in rowing, air guns, 3v3 wheelchair basketball, archery, cycling, kayaking and power lifting.  Events will be held at Mission Concepción Sports Park and SeaWorld San Antonio.
Volunteers Needed for Valor Games

San Antonio Sports is looking for volunteers who can help with set-up, registration, scoring stations and course management at the Valor Games Southwest. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. To register or learn more, click here or visit
Play for Kids!
San Antonio Sports board member Dr. Julie Wiernik with the Texas Center for Sport Psychology, an avid tennis player and member of Shavano Park Tennis Club, is spearheading an effort to host a tennis tournament benefiting San Antonio Sports. Shavano Park Tennis Club, partnering with Texas Team Tennis, will host the first annual Play For Kids tennis tournament in support of San Antonio Sports on Saturday, Sept. 26. Round robin play in women and men's doubles (3.0, 3.5, 4.0 & 4.5) will begin at 8:30 a.m. 
If you're interested in participating or learning more about the benefit, email or call Soeurette Shook-Kelly at 210-230-6745. The deadline to enter is Sept. 14.
A Swimming Success!

The Year of Swimming, which saw San Antonio hosting four major championships, culminated last month when more than 150 children received their VIVA SWIM medals from Olympian
Josh Davis at the Phillips 66 National Championships. The medals were given to
those who completed swim lessons as part of San Antonio Sports' learn-to-swim initiative, VIVA SWIM For Life, presented by University Health System, between March and August. They also earned two free tickets to attend the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships prelims. As an extra bonus, children and their families got to see the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, compete.  
San Antonio Sports developed VIVA SWIM For Life to encourage all San Antonio families to learn to swim. Ten swim lesson providers representing 50 pools participated, offering about 35,000 lessons city wide. San Antonio Sports and its VIVA SWIM sponsors, including presenting sponsor University Health System and USA Swimming, recruited local businesses to sponsor lessons at city pools. Thanks to these sponsors, free swim lessons were also available at all 24 outdoor City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation pools and 100% of the lessons were filled. That's nearly 3,000 children who learned a life-saving skill in our public pools and were introduced to a life-long sport. The majority of these kids are the first in their families to learn how to swim, and their achievements will change the course of their families in the future
Sponsor Profile: H-E-B

H-E-B is the presenting sponsor of two San Antonio Sports events: the San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic and the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game. The company also supports several other programs, including i play afterschool, Corporate Cup, Fit Family Challenge, All Can Ski, Bexar County Games and Valor Games Southwest. Additionally, Kate Rogers, vice president, Communication and Engagement, serves on our board of directors. H-E-B's support helps make it possible for our nonprofit to fulfill our mission of transforming our community through the power of sport. 
Donor Profile: Mike Chapman

Mike Chapman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Security Service Federal Credit Union, has seen first-hand how sports can impact a child's life. A former University of Texas football player, Chapman played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons in 1984 before devoting his athletic talents to coaching children in a variety of sports.
"From a very young age, children can learn the value of team work," says Chapman. "When you are part of a team, you work together with others to accomplish great things and that translates well in the business environment later in life."
As a board member of San Antonio Sports since 2003, Chapman has supported our youth in i play afterschool  and the VIVA Swim For Life programs. Security Service has been a proud sponsor of various fundraising events such as the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute, For the Love of Kids and Harleys, and San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic for over a decade.  Mike is also heavily involved with the Valero Alamo Bowl, serving as its treasurer and member of the Philanthropic Committee, which has awarded hundreds of scholarships to local area seniors over the years.  
"Sports has been shown to have a profound impact especially on at-risk youth," says Chapman.  "Providing an outlet for these children to be involved in, not only ensures a healthy future by being physically fit, it can also be a distraction from the drugs, gangs and crime, that so many children are subjected to these days. In addition, sports can build strong character traits such as discipline and perseverance to overcome obstacles in life. Learning how to get back up when knocked down is essential for being successful both in sports and in life."
Chapman says he is proud to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of our youth and the families within our community.  
Fitness as a Family Wins in Fit Family Challenge

The 2015 Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas wrapped up in mid-August with another $1,000 winner, along with several other faithful participants who won $1,000 gift cards and other prizes. The Finale was held in conjunction with City Council District 6 at Camargo Park, with Councilman Ray Lopez enthusiastically welcoming everyone and drawing the winning tickets.
Ivis Portillo has attended the Fit Family Challenge in prior years, but this summer "really hit it hard," attending twice a week and choosing to be a Power Team member which means we will track her health over the next year. Winning $1,000 "was a blessing" for this single parent. "It came at a great time, especially with school starting." Ivis encourages everyone to join. "The benefits are great, but what's even better is as a family, you get together, work together and are active instead of watching TV.  In the long run, it's quality time for the family."  She reminds parents that "You are the first teacher so we have to set the example." 
The 2016 Fit Family Challenge will kick off next May and we look forward to even greater participation and seeing all our participants return.


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