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Sidelines - October 2015
San Antonio Sports

October, 2015

Meet S.A. Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016
One of our most anticipated announcements every year is learning who will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. The twenty-first class entering the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame was announced Monday at our annual San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic and it didn't disappoint.  Fifteen-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal, Baylor track standout and anchor of the 2004 U.S. Olympic 4x400-relay gold medalteam Darold Williamson, someone well known to the San Antonio Sports family,former Northside ISD aquatics coach and administrator and San Antonio Sports founder and former chairman George Block, plus the 1989 Cole High School Class 3A Championship basketball team will be recognized at the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. O'Neal and Block joined the press conference by phone, with Williamson and Cole High School Coach Dave Madura and back-up center Andy Armando present. 
These deserving individuals and team were chosen after a process that began this summer. It started with open recommendations through public nominations via the San Antonio Express-News. Potential inductees where then submitted to a panel of 90, which includes members of the Hall of Fame and community representatives, who reviewed nominations and provided multiple candidates in each voting category. A committee of 12 representing the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame tri-chairs (San Antonio Sports, the City of San Antonio and San Antonio Express-News) had the tough task of making the final decision. We are grateful to all who participated in this process!
You won't want to miss the black-tie San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute, which serves as the official induction ceremony for the Class of 2016! The event will be held in the new Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will feature a live performance from The Fab Four, a nationally-renowned Beatles tribute band. This is our largest fundraiser, and proceeds from the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute benefit San Antonio Sports' kids programs. For more information on each inductee or to purchase tickets, visit We hope to see you there!
Kids Can Rock a Marathon
Kids can be part of the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon weekend excitement by participating in SUBWAY KiDS Rock powered by San Antonio Sports. This non-competitive, non-timed one-mile fun run for kids in grades K-7 will be held at SeaWorld on Dec. 5. Kids can become marathon finishers on race day by completing a cumulative marathon training program in the weeks leading up to the race. San Antonio Sports has distributed 150,000 training logs and entry forms to elementary schools throughout Bexar County. An entry includes a ticket to SeaWorld for that day, a medal, t-shirt and goodie bag. Training logs can also be found at local SUBWAY restaurants beginning next week. Or registration can be done online by clicking here
Bexar County Games
The third annual Bexar County Games presented by Ancira Copa Rayados Internacional will take place Nov. 25-28 at three of Bexar County's finest soccer venues. This is the largest international soccer tournament in Texas and is hosted by San Antonio Sports and Premier Soccer. Teams from the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guatemala are participating. Boys U9-U-19 and girls U10-U14 divisions are offered, along with two levels of competition. The gold division is for elite and pro club academies, blue is for competitive level teams. Registration closes Saturday, Oct. 10. To learn more, click here
The Bexar County Games presented by Ancira Valero Energy Foundation Super Series Baseball Winter Nationals will be held Dec. 4-6 at some of Bexar County's best baseball facilities. Teams from across the nation will compete in 8U through 16U divisions. To learn more, click here. Registration closes Nov. 26.
 A Day Par Excellence
The weather was perfect for the San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic presented by H-E-B and KENS 5 at the beautiful Dominion Country Club. Thanks to the businesses and individuals who supported our kids programs by participating.
Congratulations to first place winner, RackspaceJavelina Harley-Davidson and Silver Eagle Distributing Co. #2 came in second and third respectively.  Danny Perez won the putting contest, Mike Mason was closest to the pin, and the longest drives were by Matt Bloemer (men's) and Laura Cabanilla-Cruz (women's). Mark your calendar for next year's tournament which is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2016.
To see photos from the day, click here
William Morrow takes part in the kayaking competition.
Valor Games Southwest 

The transformational power of sport was on display when San Antonio Sports and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hosted the Valor Games Southwest supported by World Car. More than 120 veterans and active duty military with physical disabilities participated in this multi-sport competition. Time and again we heard how sport was an integral part of the rehabilitation process and provided many of these men and women positive and life-affirming opportunities through the world of disabled sports and recreation. 
William Morrow, director of talent acquisition for World Car and a veteran, participated in the kayak competition. "World Car recognizes the sacrifices that veterans made just for being willing to serve our country. As a responsible corporate citizen of this city we feel that it is not only our duty to give back to these men and women, but it is our honor to be able to do so." He continued, "For me, it was a chance to connect with other veterans not only here in San Antonio, but from all over the country. We sometimes get tied up in our own lives after our service, and the chance to be able to feel that camaraderie and to have good natured, but stiff, competition lets us all feel connected again." To see Robin Risemas wonderful photos from the three day event, click here.
Play for Kids a Smashing Success
The first annual Play for Kids tennis tournament recently took place at Shavano Park Tennis Club, raising almost $15,000! The tournament was developed by San Antonio Sports board member and avid tennis player, Dr. Julie Wiernik, with the Texas Center for Sport Psychology, and Soeurette Shook-Kelly, owner of Shavano Park Tennis Club, and attracted 75 participants. "I feel that I would not be as successful or confident without my participating in sports as a child," said Dr. Wiernik. "The funds from Play for Kids will go towards giving more opportunities for youth to participate in athletics and build confidence and self-esteem. Our tournament provided fun-filled tennis while helping others...what a great combination!" 
Volunteers Wanted
The Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon is around the corner and thousands of volunteers are needed throughout the weekend. The most urgent need is for race day, Dec. 6. 
Come on out and be a part of the marathon finish line, congratulate runners, hand out water, snacks and medals. If you can be part of the race crew, register online at

Sponsor Profile: Children's Hospital of San Antonio

Thanks to the Children's Hospital of San Antonio for supporting San Antonio Sports. Children's Hospital of San Antonio sponsors the Kids Zones for Fit Family Challenge and Kids Rock. Their sponsorship also includes providing nutrition and fitness tips for i play! afterschool. The Children's Hospital of San Antonio is helping our nonprofit make a difference through their support.
Aetna Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant for i play! afterschool
Grant funds will support program costs for San Antonio Sports i play! afterschool over the next two years. The goal of i play! is to provide a safe, healthy afterschool environment for children to excel to their greatest potential through the power of sport. i play! serves 1,125 inner-city youth in grades 3-5 from 45 elementary schools in the Harlandale and San Antonio ISDs. Program activities include skill-based sport training and character and nutrition education. To learn more about i play! afterschoolclick here.


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