May 11 , 2006



Local Athletes Receive Sports Foundation Recognition

San Antonio Doctor Appointed to State Board

Roundball Ruckus Wrap-Up

Support the Sports Foundation and Win a Piece of Spurs Memorabilia!

College Basketball Coaches Headline Champions Luncheon

WOAI's Stan Kelly Set to Host Sports Foundation Golf Classic

Volunteer Opportunities

Fencer to attend Temple University on Scholarship

Divers Excel

Food Bank @ Freedom Elementary

Sports Foundation Interns on Their Way


Join the Team!



Below are our new and renewing champions.

Corporate Champions


Security Service Federal Credit Union

Champions Club

Jeff Clark

Individual Champions

Richard Irwin























Welcome the Americas

With a successful Roundball Ruckus behind us, we focus as a “team” on the Tournament of the Americas, the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men! Come discover the next Manu and put San Antonio on the international sports map! This is our chance to show these eight countries that San Antonio is more than capable of hosting events of this magnitude for the hemisphere. We can’t do it without you.

How can you help?

Buy tickets and be in seats! Tickets start at $5. If everyone reading this e-mail will buy just two tickets, SASF will be well on its way toward making budget and will overcome our city's reputation of only being a walk up crowd!
Buy now!

Volunteer for at least one shift! There are many jobs, and we still need about 100 van drivers. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.
Sign-up online.

Host a team. Team hosts are very important liaisons between a visiting team and the local organizing committee.
Sign-up online.

Identify youth groups who can attend games with some of the tickets that we will have donated back from sponsors. Call Anna Gomez with this information at 820-2102. We will get the tickets to them and ensure that there are little bodies in the seats enjoying world-class basketball!

Suggest local restaurants that are willing to donate a dinner for 20 visiting team members in exchange for recognition during the tournament.
Send me a message.

Thanks in advance for all that you do! We don’t take you for granted, but we do need you now! Have questions? Contact Jenny Carnes at 820-2104 or

Dr. Susan Blackwood
Executive Director

Local Athletes Receive Sports Foundation Recognition

The Sports Foundation's Mary Japhet presents the award to Churchill H.S. senior Annie Chandler (center) with her coach, Al Marks.

Standout swimmers Annie Chandler, a senior at Churchill High School, and Brittany Owens, a senior at O’Connor high school, have been presented with the 2006 Salute to Sport Achievement award by the San Antonio Sports Foundation. Additional awards were presented to the Alamo Heights High School 200 yard freestyle relay team of Jessica St. John, Olivia Graham, Lorena Saenz, and Clair Whitten. Also joining them were wrestler and Madison High School junior Jimmy Peterson, and the Boerne High School boys soccer team. The Sports Foundation’s Salute to Sport Achievement recognizes local athletes who attain the highest level of achievement within their sporting discipline. All of these athletes won state championships in their respective sports.

Chandler won the state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke as well as a silver medal in the 50 freestyle. Owens won the 50 yard freestyle. Peterson won the 135 pound class and finished the season with a 38-0 record. He is the first Madison wrestler to win a state championship. Congratulations to all who have reached this pinnacle in their athletic careers. Stay tuned...there are several other local contenders still vying for state championships.

San Antonio Doctor Appointed to State Board

San Antonio Sports Foundation board member and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David R. Schmidt, was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers. The Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers is the licensing and regulatory authority of athletic trainers in Texas and consists of five appointed members. “I work with athletic trainers extensively, and to support them through my participation on a state board is exciting,” says Dr. Schmidt, president and partner of Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio (SMASA).

Dr. Schmidt serves as team physician for the NBA San Antonio Spurs (along with Dr. Paul Saenz), the WNBA Silver Stars, Trinity University and many local high schools. He has been physician for the US Olympic Festival, the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the NBA All-Star Game.

Roundball Ruckus Wrap-Up

The 2006 Roundball Ruckus was a great success for the Sports Foundation. More than 350 three-to-five person teams participated in the weekend 3 v. 3 basketball tournament. Boys and girls, men and women enjoyed good weather, great competition and lots of fun at this official event of Fiesta. Fiesta Commission chair Mary West Traylor and her entourage stopped by for a visit as did District Attorney Susan Reed, the chairman of the charitable Fiesta Foundation. Reed presented the Sports Foundation a gift of $1000. The Top Division winners were the San Antonio Ballers. For a complete list of tournament results and photos from the event, click here.

A special thanks to our Ruckus sponsors including Sprite, AT&T, Papa John's, TETCO Stores, Texas Med Clinic, Frost Bank, The Texas National Guard, and media sponsors The Ticket 760, News 1200 WOAI, Mix 96.1 and News 4 WOAI.

Support the Sports Foundation and Win a Piece of Spurs Memorabilia!

The San Antonio Sports Foundation is raffling off an autographed, framed Manu Ginobili jersey to benefit the Sports Foundation’s youth programs. Raffle tickets are only $5 each and the drawing will be held on July 2, at the Tournament of the Americas (2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men).

To purchase your tickets, please contact Gretchen Garceau-Kragh at 210-820-2109 or stop by the Sports Foundation offices.


College Basketball Coaches Headline Champions Luncheon

The Sports Foundation is pleased to announce Bill Self, head men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas, and Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse University, will be the featured speakers at this year's Sports Foundation Champions Luncheon.

The exclusive event will be held Friday, June 16 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in the Quarry Marketplace. Seating is limited, so please reserve your place today! Members of the Sports Foundation's Champions Club, individual donors at the $1000 level or above, are entitled to one ticket to the luncheon and an invitation to the VIP reception with the speakers. Other Sports Foundation members may purchase tickets for $35; non-members for $50.

To book your seat today, click here, or contact Gretchen Garceau-Kragh at 820-2109 or

WOAI's Stan Kelly Set to Host Sports Foundation Golf Classic

Tee off your support of the San Antonio Sports Foundation by sponsoring a team in the 2006 San Antonio Sports Foundation Golf Classic on Monday, June 5, at the Dominion Country Club.

Not only will you experience a great day of golf, but you will help raise money for the youth initiatives of the Sports Foundation. This wonderful day of golf offers great goodie bags, terrific prizes for top teams, the opportunity to win a car with a hole-in-one, and a chance to take home a classic Coca-Cola vending machine.

For the second year, News 1200 WOAI's Stan Kelly, also known as the in-arena voice of the San Antonio Spurs, will serve as emcee for the tournament.
Sponsorships start at $1,250. Click here to sign up today or contact Elena Stout at 820-2127 or for additional information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to all 73 volunteers who helped with Roundball Ruckus. It certainly couldn’t have gone as smoothly as it did without you. Fortunately, the fun doesn’t stop there. Our next event is the USA Gymnastics Region 3 Trampoline and Tumbling competition, which takes place June 2-4. Talk about fun! We hope you will be a part of our “Volunteer Team”. We are still looking for spotters, computer entry operators and gate attendance volunteers.

Our next huge event will be the Tournament of the Americas, 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men. We'll need volunteers, especially bilingual volunteers, from June 24 through July 3.

To schedule your time to work these events, please contact Michelle Rodriguez at 820-2112 or We look forward to working with you and making these events a success!

Howell (center) signs letter of intent as (left to right) Sports Foundation youth director, Alma Striker; Howell's coach, Wendell Kubik; DFY head fencing coach, Jose Sanchez; and Howell's mother, Christine Howell, look on.

Fencer to attend Temple University on Scholarship

Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) fencer Kristin Howell, a Gateway Christian School senior, signed a national letter of intent to attend Temple University (PA) on a fencing and academic scholarship. At 6’ 2” tall, the 17-year-old African-American, is a rarity in fencing and has long attracted the attention of top coaches in the sport.

Kristin has been fencing since she was 10 and is coached by Wendell Kubik. Kristin has been fencing in the San Antonio Sports Foundation’s Community Olympic Development Program since 1999. She is an A rated fencer and is currently ranked 9th in the nation in junior women’s epee (12th in senior women’s epee).

Divers Excel

Christopher Medley, a junior at Alamo Heights High School, was named the San Antonio Express-News male diver of the year. Also considered were O’Connor sophomore Paul Xiques and Health Careers freshman Marshall Edwards. All three are part of the Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) and dive with Alamo Area Aquatics. They are coached by Tommy Law.

Justin McDonald, a student at Brackenridge High School, won the 14-year-old boys one-meter and three-meter events at the Laura Wilkinson Golden Invitational at the Woodlands, TX in April. Alexandra Ponce won the one-meter and placed 6th in the three-meter at the same competition. This was her first diving meet.

At the 2006 Middle School State Diving Championships, CODP diver Curtis Muller won the boys 6th & 7th grade one-meter event. Muller won the 6th & 7th grade State Championships last year too. Of the 12 possible medals to win, our program took five medals with only seven divers. There were 29 competitors this year.

Former CODP diver Nathan Schreiber was named SEC (South East Conference) Freshman Diver of the Year for Louisiana State University.

Food Bank @ Freedom Elementary

A healthy body really boils down to two things: eating healthfully and exercising 60 minutes a day. That is according to the Food Bank’s registered dietitian Kate Bliss. Kate recently spoke to 27 children at Freedom Elementary School as part of the San Antonio Sports Foundation’s Dreams for Youth after school program.

The Food Bank provides a healthy snack to the after school program weekly. On this particular Monday, it was an apple or banana and juice. Kate covered the food pyramid, discussed how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, provided examples of good food choices and exercises, and talked about good and not-so-good beverages. Children earned stickers when answering a question correctly and got to add to a large food pyramid as the presentation progressed. Each child went home with a healthy treat: a bag of trail mix they helped make.

Sports Foundation Interns on Their Way

It's always sad when the Sports Foundation has to say good bye to our interns, but so we must as the 2006 spring semester interns move on. Our thanks to Lauren Ghishan, Aaron Ott, and Jasmine Waliany, graduating seniors at Trinity University; and Monica Robles, who returns to the University of the Incarnate Word as a senior. We are also grateful to Grambling University graduate student, James Stewart, who continues to share his time and talent with us this summer.

Champions Club
Individual Members at $1,000+

Gary & Shelia Arthur; Morton Baird; Sam Barshop; Ed Benninger; James Blackwood; Susan Blackwood; June Bratcher; Tim Brierty; Howard Burris; Jim Callaway; Jeff Clark; Ross Davis; James Doyle; Jim Dublin; Charlie Ebrom; Steve Edlund; Donald Engelhardt; Dr. Frank Fichtel; Pat & Kelley Frost; Dr. Jamie Garza; Claude Gilmer; William Greehey; Joe Guinn; Bill & Marcia Hanson; Cheryl Haywood; Peter Holt; Michael Imbimbo; Scott Hefner; Scott Helbing; George C. Hixon; Steve Isom; Stacey Johnson; Michael Jourdan; Greg & Leigh Ann King; James Mickey; Phil Miner; Bob & Laura Raymond; Tom Reardon; Marty Roos; Dr. Robert Schnitzler; Dr. David Schmidt; Dr. Earl Smith; Steve Souter; Neill Walsdorf, Jr.; Carri Wells; Jeff Wentworth; Paul Young

Corporate Champions

Presenting Champions

City of San Antonio; AT&T


Creative Link; IKON Office Solutions; San Antonio Express-News; Valero Energy Corporation


Langley & Banack; Pepsi Bottling Group; San Antonio Coca-Cola Bottling Co; Whataburger, Inc.


Budget Car & Truck Rental; Cingular Wireless; Maverick Video Production; NuMedia: Oak Farms Dairy; Paladin IT Services; Spectrum Health Clubs; Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, The Dominion Country Club


George Becknell; Bender & Associates; BudCo., Inc.; The CE Group - Communication & Events; ChapmanSchewe Benefits Consulting; Comet Neon Advertising; The Darmstetter Company; Ernst & Young; Frost Bank; H-E-B Grocery Company; The Gambrinus Company; Hertz Corporation; KPMG; Marriott Plaza San Antonio; Merrill Lynch; Methodist Healthcare System; Miner Corporation; The Plaza Club; Security Service Federal Credit Union; Sterling Bank; SWBC; US Global Investors; Walton Signage; Wells Fargo Bank; Zachry Hospitality, Inc.


Allegra Print & Imaging; Bank of America; Broadway National Bank; Catering by Don Strange; Colonial Supplemental Insurance; Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; Ear Medical Group; FIRSTMARK Credit Union; First Rate Investment Systems; GLI Distributing; Halo Distributing; Marriott Plaza San Antonio; Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk; Mission Pharmacal; Pape-Dawson Consulting Engineers, Inc.; San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; Sterling Foods; Tesoro Petroleum Companies; Yantis Company


The Alfred S. Gage Foundation, Bexar County Health & Human Services CDBG; Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation; Brown Foundation; Charity Ball Foundation; Coleman 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; Women’s Sports Foundation

Founding Sponsors

City of San Antonio; H-E-B; USAA Foundation, A Charitable Trust; Valero Energy Corporation

San Antonio Sports Foundation
PO Box 830386
San Antonio, TX 78283-0386
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