Spurs Silver & Black

October, 2011

Silver & Black Give Back announced today the 20 student groups that have been named semifinalists in the 2011-12 Team Up Challenge.


The school-based Team Up Challenge awards funding and incentives to classrooms and clubs for their commitment to improving their community.  The program will run throughout the 2011-12 school year with 20 classes awarded $2,500 in seed funding to complete their project. Projects will address needs in one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness and Uniformed Services. Throughout the school year, the semifinalists will be awarded incentives to encourage their projects, including tickets, player appearances and prizes.


On Wednesday and Thursday, The Coyote, T-Bone, Spurs Silver Dancers and Rampage Ice Girls took to the road in the Spurs Experience RV to surprise students and announce they were chosen as Team Up Challenge semifinalists.


At the end of the school year, five of the 20 classes will be awarded a grant of $20,000 for the work they have done to improve their community.


Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  The charity was originally created in 1988, when there was only one team in the SS&E family and has historically been known as the Spurs Foundation. Today, Silver & Black Give Back serves as a fundraising conduit for youth sports and education based service programs throughout San Antonio and South Texas.  


Team Up Challenge is a student led service initiative across 24 school districts that connects life experiences with learning objectives, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Students are empowered to address the needs in their own neighborhoods and give back to our community through projects supporting: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness and Uniformed Services. Find out more about the Team Up Challenge and how to get involved by visiting



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Bexar County Academy


Gifted/Talented Mustangs

The GT Mustangs will be partnering up with Princeton Place Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, a nursing home facility, to better the lives of elderly individuals in the community. Students will participate in weekly bingo, arts and craft sessions, reading to them, and assisting them in shopping. They will also interview the elderly individuals during holidays to track the evolution of cultural holiday celebrations over the course of a lifetime.

Forester Elementary School


Student Council

Forester’s Student Council will launch a Monthly Family Fitness Program, families will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and fitness, and participate in an aerobic class. The Student Council will research and film Public Service Announcements that address obesity. They will partner up with Trophy Ridge HOA and host a F.I.T. Team Night Out event.

Hal Peterson Middle School




Students will visit with school leaders and community leaders to implement timely canned food drives to replenish local food banks throughout the year. They will work within their school and community to raise awareness of the hunger issue in San Antonio. Additionally, the students will hold one fundraiser, “Bowls for Souls” to raise awareness and offer financial support to local food banks.

Harlandale High School



PAWS Students will develop age appropriate lesson plans discussing the responsibilities of pet ownership.  They will create and distribute flyers to their community about being a good pet owner. Animal rescue efforts will also be a key component of their project.

Hobby Middle School


Club W.O.R.L.D

Club W.O.R.L.D. students will create a relationship with refugee students. They will share a cultural celebration feast and create a dictionary to help each other learn different phrases and words in a multitude of languages. Students will also create and share pamphlets with the local community in order for them to learn more about diversity that is in their community.

Holy Name Catholic School


Students will clean up their community to help instill pride in their neighborhood. They will paint over graffiti and pick up trash. They will set up a referral systems so that local businesses can call them to clean up or paint over graffiti.

KIPP University Prep High School


Service Learning Club

The Service Learning Club will clean and create a community park near downtown San Antonio. They will build picnic tables, flower beds, and a bulletin board. The bulletin board will highlight successful, solution-orientated educational programs and contain information about community workshops. They also plan to have a “family festival” every 2-3 months.

Kitty Hawk Middle School


Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

They will educate the students and community about the challenges facing visual impairments. In addition to learning the challenges, they will learn to read Braille. FCCLA will raise funds to donate to Guide Dogs of Texas. They will also host a Valentine’s Day Dance and invite visual impaired students and their families.

Kitty Hawk Middle School



SkillsUSA will be going to big businesses asking for a donation to purchase a cover for Fisher House’s playground at Lackland Air Force Base. In coordination with Fisher House they will have a field day with the military member’s children as a dedication ceremony.


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New Frontiers Charter


7th Grade Cougars

The students will design and maintain a garden on campus. They will acquire space in the neighborhood and begin design for a greenhouse and community garden.

Randolph Elementary School


The Thunderbird Choir

The Thunderbird Choir will record musical performances and other events at Randolph Elementary School and send them to their deployed parents. Included in the DVDs will be “giving moments” for airmen who return home in the interim between performance and mailing.

Randolph High School


Student Council

The Student Council will implement the “DriveSMART” initiative in their school and other schools in San Antonio. They will educate students about the five risk-factors of driving and encourage them to join their “DriveSMART” initiative. Student’s will create a “DriveSMART” Facebook page and monthly newsletter, have a booth in their Fall Festival, distribute “Pay it Forward…Save a Life” information cards and host “Black-Out Drinking and Driving Pep Rally”.

Sam Houston High School


New Tech

New Tech students will create “The Voice” a student run publication filled with drawings, pictures, short stories, essays, poems, raps and opinion pieces to help the student body express themselves. They will create art pieces and sell them to local businesses; those funds will be donated to the Phase II Therapeutic Garden and the Recreation Project for the Returning Heroes Home.

Southwest Preparatory School – Northeast Campus


Entrepreneur Class

Students will produce a bi-monthly internet and an annual magazine that will be distributed to San Antonio students educating them on industry jobs available by level of education achieved. Their goal is to lower the drop-out rate and increase productivity.

Thomas Edison High School


Drama Club

The Drama Club will provide theater skills to young elementary students in their community. They hope to build character, confidence, communication and social skills through those creative dramatics.

Timberwilde Elementary School


Yes We Can, Fit For Life Club

Students will create a recipe book with healthy recipes for every grade level, maintain an activity log and learn the 5 components of physical fitness. They will create a newsletter to be distributed to parents and the community with healthy tips for exercise and nutrition.


Watts Elementary School


“We Serve Too”


“We Serve Too” will be assisting students with deployed family members. They will be meeting to socialize and support one another. They will create an album of special events and care packages to send to the military members overseas. They will also present in the Annual Veteran’s Day Assembly to say thank you.

Wheatley Middle School


Student Council

Wheatley Middle School will create and sustain 13 gardens. Those gardens will be assigned to Math, Science, and English classes to help facilitate learning. The garden will act as a rallying point for the community and community organizations.

Will Rogers Elementary


Ms. Boyce’s 2nd Grade Class

Ms. Boyce’s 2nd grade class will be educating parents about the importance of college for their young children. The students will have an active role in planning and implanting College Night. At the event parents will learn the pathways to college and the students will hear from the colleges in attendance. Students will also create specific financial plans to help ensure their higher education.

Zachry Middle School


Garden Club

The Garden Club will research, create, and distribute a diabetes awareness videos and pamphlets to the students and community. They will partner with The Dinner Garden to package and distribute seeds to families that do not have the means to start a garden. They will design and build a modern garden and learning area adjacent to the new science building.