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San Antonio Sports Joins Team to Win All-America City Award
San Antonio Sports

July, 2016

San Antonio Sports is pleased to have been part of the team that helped win a National Civic League (NCL) All-America City Award for the City of San Antonio. The award was announced on Sunday, June 19 in Denver and recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. This is the fifth All-America recognition the City has received since the award’s establishment in 1949.


San Antonio Sports Youth & Community Programs Director, Mandy Adkins, joined representatives from City of San Antonio departments, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, KLRN, and Pre-K 4 SA to make the presentation before the NCL jury. This year, the All-America Awards program highlighted community efforts to "ensure that all our children are healthy and successful in school and life" and were judged on civic engagement and collaboration, inclusiveness, innovation and impact.


“I was proud to represent San Antonio Sports and our i play! afterschool program,” said Adkins. “Our presentation really highlighted how our community works together to tackle our toughest problems in collaborative, creative ways for the greater good. The outcomes we highlighted in our application and presentation proved our impact. I look forward to continuing the partnerships that helped us earn this prestigious award.”


The City and its partners submitted the application for the 2016 All-America Award highlighting three community-driven approaches to improving child success:

  • Improving School Readiness – Pre-K 4SA; ReadyKidsSA (community program); Head Start; Little Read Wagon (Library Foundation); KLRN Play and Learn (community program) ReadyRosie (community program)
  • Preparing Children for Healthy Lives – SA Healthy Start; Pre-K 4SA; Head Start; San Antonio Sports i play! afterschool program; Mobile Fit SA; Fit Pass; Fitness in the Park; Summer Youth Programs; Mayor’s Fitness Council Ambassador Program
  • Engaging Youth in Educational Achievement – SA Kids Attend to Win (attendance); Excel Beyond the Bell (out of school time); Diplomás (preparing for college); cafécollege; My Brother’s Keeper; Family School Community Partnership

For more information about the National Civic League or the All-America City Award, visit www.nationalcivicleague.orgTo view the City of San Antonio press release, including quotes from Mayor Ivy Taylor and City Manager Sheryl Sculley, visit


About San Antonio Sports

San Antonio Sports is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our community through the power of sport.  San Antonio Sports bids on and hosts premier sporting events such as NCAA® championships, which have generated a local economic impact of more than $569 million.  San Antonio Sports kids programs, including i play! afterschool, the Community Olympic Development Program, Go!Kids Challenge™ presented by University Health System and SUBWAY® Kids Rock marathon training program, annually touch the lives of more than 150,000 children.  Additionally, San Antonio Sports serves as a catalyst for the development of quality recreational and athletic facilities in our community and manages SPARK, a program that turns school grounds into community park space.  To learn more, visit


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