ACT for San Antonio
I have just two words for San Antonians this week – VOTE YES! If you did not vote during early voting, please vote yes this Saturday, May 10, for all four propositions that will extend our Bexar County visitor tax. This is a quality of life issue for our community, and it’s our children who will most directly benefit. If passed, the extension of the visitor tax will provide funding for youth and amateur athletic facilities, San Antonio River improvements, performing and cultural arts centers, and rodeo grounds and community arenas.
Since our inception, the Sports Foundation staff and board have been fighting for this opportunity as you can read in the profile of board member George Block below. Your YES vote would ensure that there will be no fewer than 31 new baseball fields with three new tournament sites; an Olympic-sized aquatics center; a special needs field; a six-court indoor basketball tournament facility; a 12-court indoor volleyball tournament facility; 46 soccer fields; 22 softball fields with two new tournament complexes; the only dedicated fencing facility in San Antonio and the only competitive facility of its kind in Texas; three tracks and one cross-country course; and, a seven football-field complex. These facilities would benefit our citizens and would allow the Sports Foundation to bring premier athletic events to San Antonio that would generate millions for our economy.
Two more words for everyone – thank you! Thank you for your support of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Final Four, our Sports Foundation Golf Classic and our Streetball Slam fueled by Tesoro. It’s been a very successful spring and we’re grateful for your support.
Tesoro Is Title Sponsor of Games of Texas
Bring your game to the Tesoro TAAF (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation) 2008 Games of Texas, hosted by the San Antonio Sports Foundation, July 24-27. The city will welcome athletes competing in more than 20 events and participating in the largest multi-sporting event in the State of Texas. The Games are patterned after the Olympic Games, making the Games of Texas the ultimate sports festival for Texas’ many amateur athletes.
Tesoro Corporation has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2008 TAAF Games of Texas. “The Sports Foundation and TAAF are grateful for the support of San Antonio-based Tesoro,” said Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation. “Tesoro is a great friend of ours and we’re happy that their support will help us deliver a wonderful experience for Texas athletes.”
Local amateurs can participate in events which don’t require qualifying. These include tennis, golf, badminton, baseball, basketball, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, rugby, 3v3 soccer, 3v3 and 5v5 volleyball, and many others. These sports will be played in San Antonio’s best facilities, parks, and athletic centers. Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium will be the site of opening ceremonies on July 25. To find out more or to register, click here.
Get Ready to Rock San Antonio!
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon is just six months away. The course was unveiled in March, and 7,000 participants have already entered. Don’t miss out on the unique, block-party experience when the race implements its rock ‘n’ roll theme with rousing music, hundreds of local high school cheerleading squads, and themed water stations lining each mile of the course. The inaugural event concludes with an evening concert at the Alamodome, free to all participants and featuring a major rock ‘n’ roll headliner. Click here to learn more about the course and to register.
Are you ready to train? Then use the Alamo Series, a multi-race training series organized by Fleet Feet Sports, Run Gear Run, Run-A-Way Athletic Club, San Antonio Road Runners, the San Antonio Spurs and Soler’s Sports. Visit alamoseries.com for details.
If you know a band or cheer squad that’s interested in participating on the course, please contact us at email@example.com. Bands are asked to submit a press kit including CD, bio and photo by July 1.
Volunteers -- We Need You!
Not a runner? You can still enjoy the fun and atmosphere by volunteering when San Antonio hosts the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon in November. We need a whopping 5,000 people to help with everything from water stations to corralling starters! We also are looking for 300 volunteers to help at the Tesoro TAAF State Games of Texas which will be held at locations around the area July 24-27. Volunteers are critical to making these events a great experience for all involved, and it’s a great way to meet people and be a part of the action.
If you can help, please contact Michelle Rodriguez at 820-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fantastic Final Four
Great weather, great events and great people made the 2008 NCAA® Men's Final Four® in San Antonio a huge success! If having four number one seeds qualify and an overtime Championship game were not enough, the NCAA saw record attendance numbers at NCAA Hoop City refreshed by Coca-Cola, over 167,000 at the Big Dance and thousands more college basketball fans at other events offered to the public throughout Final Four weekend.
The chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Selection Committee, Tom O’Connor, gave San Antonio’s hosting effort "an A+ with a gold star".
The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2008 Final Four experience, including over 1,500 volunteers who put in more than 15,000 hours of community service towards making this event a success! In addition to the hundreds of helpers, SALOC would like to extend a special thanks to all of the event package sponsors that contributed financially and to the many other sponsors that contributed goods and services for various SALOC events and needs.
San Antonio looks forward to hosting the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four and the opportunity to host future NCAA Championships in the Alamo City.
Streetball Slam fueled by Tesoro
The San Antonio Sports Foundation Streetball Slam fueled by Tesoro took place last Saturday, May 3 at the Alamodome. More than 100 teams, ages 8 to 40+, showed their skills and raising dollars for the Sports Foundation’s youth initiatives. Congratulations to all the age group winners including top division winners, Crude Dudes (below left), comprised of Tesoro employees.
We thank our sponsors of this event including Tesoro, Texas MedClinic, Pepsi, Papa John’s Pizza, The National Guard, Scion, WaMu, U.S. Army, Red McCombs; Community First Health Plans, 210 Customs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Career Point, University of Phoenix, Ameriplan, The Beat 98.5, Time Warner Cable and the San Antonio Express-News.
Sports Foundation Golf Classic presented by Coca-Cola
It was a great day on the links Monday, April 28, as golfers raised more than $38,000 in support of the Sports Foundation’s youth programs. The beautiful Dominion Golf Club was the site of the annual Sports Foundation Golf Classic presented by Coca-Cola. The team winners were: 1st place - KENS 5; 2nd place – Merrill Lynch; and 3rd place – Gunn Auto. A special thanks to golf committee chair, Carlos Ramos (above left), and his team and to emcee Stan Kelly of News Radio 1200 WOAI.
Accolades for Our Athletes
For the second year in a row, Community Olympic Development Diver Justin McDonald was name the San Antonio Express-News Boys Diver of the Year. The Brackenridge High School senior beat out fellow CODP divers Marshall Edwards, a junior at Health Careers High School, and O’Connor’s Paul Xiques. Justin was second at state, first at regional and district. He will be diving for the University of Incarnate Word next year.
Former DFY and CODP fencer Kristin Howell (pictured left)was named top female student-athlete of the year at Temple University. The sophomore is a member of Temple University's epee squad and finished her season with a 27-10 record. In postseason action, she finished ninth in the NCAA Championships and was named honorable mention All-American, making her the first epee All-American in Temple history. In addition, she also finished second while competing in the Women's `Under 20'-epee event at the US Fencing Junior Olympics to cap off an impressive 2008 campaign. With the help of this outstanding student-athlete, the Temple fencing team finished the season 24-6 and ranked #8 in the nation. She also excels in the classroom, earning a 3.06 cumulative grade point average as an undeclared University Studies major.
Fencer Kelley Hurley is Beijing bound and will be the only women’s epee competitor from the United States in the 24-athlete field at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Hurley is a sophomore at Notre Dame University and graduated from Warren High School.
Athletes Hear Strengths Message
Sports Foundation Dreams for Youth and Community Olympic Development Program athletes met business guru Marcus Buckingham last month when they attended his keynote address at Envision08, a leadership conference hosted by Texas A&M University in San Antonio.
Many thanks to Sports Foundation board member Phil Miner and to Texas A&M Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship’s Richard Scruggs for making this opportunity possible for our athletes.
The U.S. Olympic Committee recently hosted its first PLAYS (Pipeline Leadership for America’s Youth Sports) conference and the San Antonio Sports Foundation was a part of it. Priscilla Macias, youth and facilities program manager, attended and José Sanchez, head fencing coach, was a panelist for “How to Reach Out to Underserved Communities,” which focused on working with diverse cultures and introducing sport to multicultural youth and their families. The USOC asked José to be a panelist because they believe the San Antonio Sports Foundation has done a great job working with athletes and their families and wanted José to share his experiences.
The PLAYS Conference brought together youth sports advocates and administrators from around the country to get on the same page by working together to create proactive and imaginative approaches toward youth development, recruitment and retention, diversity, outreach, and strategic planning.
George Block – Facilities Chair/ ACT for SA
The upcoming vote on athletic facilities is, in many ways, both the culmination and the extension of more than 20 years of work by San Antonio Sports Foundation founder and board member George Block. If you’ve ever met George, you know he is smart, committed and has a way with words. According to George, the first facilities inventory in 1984 showed that the “underserved areas” were all south of Hildebrand-Ingram line. And 24 years later, they are still there, and have spread all over the city! “How can we be #1 in NBA basketball and pro rodeos, juvenile diabetes and overweight third graders?” asks George. “We succeed where we invest. We need to invest in kids.”
He believes that the Sports Foundation has grown into a “trusted third party” and is an important player in San Antonio. “We don’t do programming. We facilitate partnerships between organizations to create programming. We don’t profit from facilities,” he adds. “We are objective analyzers of data. We develop sound facility and programming plans and policies and usher them forward.” George also points out that the organization has a history of success bidding for and presenting major events that benefit the community. “My favorite event? It’s hard to beat the Final Four.”
George admits that he is “WAY” over-committed. But it is to the community’s benefit as he serves as chair for Voices for Children-SA and vice chair for the Bexar County Athletic Facilities committee. His “day” job since 1993 is as assistant athletic director for Northside ISD, where he also coaches swimming. He started at NISD in 1977 as director of aquatics. He also serves as vice president of USA Swimming, is on the board of directors of the American Swimming Coaches Association, and is secretary for the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.
Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s vote, George will remain an advocate for making San Antonio a better, fitter and healthier place. “We have to keep fighting the good fight. In the early 70s, profound public-policy errors started to be made surrounding kids, health and fitness. Sports were made the enemy of academics—despite overwhelming data showing that kids who did sports had the best grades,” he said. At the same time as Parks and Recreation budgets were being cut in the late 70s and 80s, “No Pass, No Play” was heralded as educational reform. “We (the San Antonio Sports Foundation) were the only group speaking the truth. Twenty-four years later, people, policymakers and educators are finally coming around. This stuff takes time and perseverance, but our kids are worth it.”
Members at $1,000+
Kathleen Acock; Justin Aglialoro; Tom Akin; Dr. Marque Allen; Dr. Lawrence Anderson; Gary & Shelia Arthur; Rich Attkisson; William Avila; Scott Beckendorf; Col. George Becknell; George P. Becknell, III; Morton Baird; Ralph Bender; Johnny Birdsong; James Blackwood; Susan Blackwood; George Block; Carolun Blumit; Steve Bonnette; Diana Braschler; June Bratcher; Howard Burris; Jim Callaway; Pete Cangany; Dana Carter; Jeff Clark; Bud Curtis; Ross & Laura Davis; John Disler; James Doyle; Alan Dreeben; Jim Dublin; Charlie Ebrom; Steve Edlund; Donald Engelhardt; Tally Estrada; David Fevsdahl; Lisa & Frank Fichtel; Buddy Ford; Dr. Jaime Garza; Lisa Friel; Pat & Kelley Frost; James Gianopoulos; Claude Gilmer; Frank Gittinger; Bill Greehey; Bob Gurwitz; Bill & Marcia Hanson; Jim Hazen; Scott Helbing; Ronnie Hengst; Gary Henry; George C. Hixon; Janet Holliday; Michael Imbimbo; Steve Isom; Mary & Chuck Japhet, Gary Joeris; James Johnson; Stacey Johnson; Michael Jones; Kent Krauss; Dr. Gary Lawton; Michael J. Lynd, Jr.; Greg & Leigh Ann King; Lowry Mays; James Mickey; Sue Millican; Phil Miner; Dr. Edward Mueller; Randel Norris; Kelly O'Connor; Daniel & Annette Oliver; Manny Ortiz; Carlos Ramos; Juan Rangel; Bob & Laura Raymond; Tom Reardon; Jim & Katie Reed; Matthew Reedy; Mike Riordan; Charlie Roberts; Marty Roos; Lynn Roper; Corky Roth; Dr. David Schmidt; George Scofield; Daniel Simons; Terry Sivesind, Dr. Earl Smith; Casey Stein; Tom Stephenson; Michael Stoltz; Virginia VanSteenberg; Richard Wade; Larry Weil; Carri Wells; Jeff Wentworth; Robert Wright, Jr.; Paul Young; Bob Zeigler
2008 Event Sponsors
Time Warner Cable
City of San Antonio; AT&T
IKON Office Solutions; San Antonio Express-News; Time Warner Cable; Valero Energy Corporation
Group; Freeman - Audio Visual Solutions; San Antonio Coca-Cola Bottling Co; Valero Energy Foundation
Budget Car & Truck Rental; Corporate Travel Planners; Enterprise Rent A Car; Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar; Langley & Banack; Maverick Video Production; NuMedia; Paladin IT Services; Spectrum Health Clubs; Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio
The Alamo Travel Group; George Becknell; Bender & Associates; George Block; BudCo., Inc.; The CE Group - Communication & Events; ChapmanSchewe Benefits Consulting; Comet Neon Advertising; Core – Mark International, Inc.; Energy Future Holding; Ernst & Young; Frost Bank; H-E-B Grocery Company; The Gambrinus Company; KPMG; Merrill Lynch; Methodist Healthcare System; Miner Corporation; NuStar Energy; The Plaza Club; RunTex; Security Service Federal Credit Union; Sterling Bank; SWBC; Toyota; US Global Investors; Walton Signage; Wells Fargo Bank; Zachry Hospitality, Inc.
Accenture LLP; Allegra Print & Imaging; Allied Advertising; Arnold Oil Company; AT&T Gift Giving Program; Brant Engineering; Broadway National Bank; C H Guenther & Son; Chelsea’s Sandwiches of Texas Inc.; Colonial Supplemental Insurance; Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; Don Strange of Texas, Inc.; Ear Medical Group; FIRSTMARK Credit Union; GLI Distributing; Halo Distributing; HMS Host; Jani-King of San Antonio; Jefferson Bank; MassMutual/The South Texas Agency; MarmonMok Architecture; Marriott Plaza San Antonio; Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk; Mission Pharmacal; Pape-Dawson Consulting Engineers, Inc.; PMG, Inc.; Republic National Distributing Comapny, LLC; San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; Sterling Foods Inc.; Tesoro Petroleum Companies; Texas Automotive Paint Supply Co., Lp; The Trust Company; USAA, USAA Real Estate Company; Yantis Company
The AT&T Foundation; The Alfred S. Gage Foundation; Bexar County Health & Human Services CDBG; Brown Foundation; Charity Ball Foundation; Criminal Justice Division JJDP Grant; Criminal Justice Division Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant; GAC Halff Foundation; Light Foundation; Myra Stafford Pryor Charitable Trust; The Sequor Foundation; David & Betty Sachs Foundation; Smith Barney; USSA Foundation; Women’s Sports Foundation
City of San Antonio; H-E-B; USAA Foundation,
A Charitable Trust; Valero Energy Corporation